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Jan. 6 Committee Can Do Little to Enforce Trump Subpoena If He Fights It

  • Experts say Congress has limited power to force cooperation
  • DOJ policy has been that former presidents enjoy immunity
A video of former US President Donald Trump is played on a screen during a hearing of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol in Washington, DC, US, on Oct. 13.

A video of former US President Donald Trump is played on a screen during a hearing of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol in Washington, DC, US, on Oct. 13.

Photographer: Al Drago/Bloomberg

The congressional committee investigating the Capitol riot moved Thursday to force a showdown with Donald Trump, voting to subpoena the former president to testify and turn over documents about his efforts to undermine the 2020 election results.

Legal experts say they expect Trump to refuse to comply, and that there’s little the committee can do about it. Lisa Kern Griffin, a professor at Duke University School of Law, described the vote as “symbolic.”