Capitol Riot Defendant Seeks Subpoena For Trump, Says He ‘Directed’ Him To Storm Capitol

R&I NV — A defendant in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol has filed a court brief calling for Donald Trump to be subpoenaed to testify because the accused claims the former president “directed” him and others to storm the Capitol as part of a deceptive plot to overturn the 2020 presidential election.

“It will be established at trial that Mr. Trump and his conspirators engaged in a concerted effort to deceive the public, including Defendant, into believing that American democracy was at stake if Congress was permitted to certify the election,” according to the court filing Friday on behalf of Ohio resident Dustin Thompson.

“Defendant submits that the testimony of Mr. Trump and his conspirators will establish that they were determined, by any means necessary, to prevent Congress from fulfilling its constitutional mandate to certify the election results,” states the filing in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

“In order to accomplish that goal, the conspirators Defendant now seeks to subpoena engaged in a concerted effort to organize, encourage, and direct rally participants to storm the Capitol, enter the grounds, ‘fight like hell,’ and ’engage in trial by combat,” the brief added.


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