In historic move, House Jan. 6 committee votes to subpoena Trump

Americans deserve to hear from him, Rep. Liz Cheney said.

Last Updated: October 13, 2022, 3:37 PM EDT

The House Jan. 6 committee on Thursday, after a months-long hiatus, held its ninth public hearing since June, and possibly its last in its investigation into the U.S. Capitol attack.

The panel focused on the role of former President Donald Trump, alleging he was front and center of a plot to overturn the 2020 election and in a historic development, voted unanimously to subpoena Trump to testify.

Oct 13, 2022, 3:15 PM EDT

Videos shows Nancy Pelosi reacting to the Capitol attack

In never-before seen footage, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is seen reacting to the events of Jan. 6 in real time. Pelosi spoke to or called various officials, including Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam and then-acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen.

"We've got ... to finish the proceedings or else they will have a complete victory," Pelosi is heard saying as she is leaving the Capitol complex while rioters gather outside.

Later, Pelosi was informed that lawmakers still on the floor were putting on tear gas masks in anticipation of a breach.

"Can you believe this?" Pelosi responded.

PHOTO: A video of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is played on Oct. 13, 2022 in Washington, DC.
A video of U.S. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer and House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer is played during a hearing by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building on Oct. 13, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Oct 13, 2022, 3:03 PM EDT

Committee reviewing 'potential obstruction' regarding alleged SUV altercation

Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., reiterated testimony from former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson about an alleged altercation between Trump and his security detail in the presidential SUV on Jan. 6.

Hutchinson said she was told by Tony Ornato, a senior Secret Service official who was at the time White House deputy chief of staff for operations, that Trump was so angry he couldn't join supporters at the Capitol after his speech at the Ellipse that he tried to grab the steering wheel and lunged at agent Bobby Engel, who was driving the vehicle.

Aguilar said the altercation was "so widely known" that one former White House employee with national security responsibilities explained the information was "water cooler talk" around the White House complex.

"That professional also testified that they were specifically informed of the president's irate behavior in the SUV by Mr. Ornato in Mr. Ornato's office," Aguilar said.

Aguilar said the committee is reviewing testimony about "potential obstruction" surrounding this testimony about the alleged SUV incident.

"We will address this matter in our report," Aguilar said.

Oct 13, 2022, 2:40 PM EDT

Secret Service sounded alarm about threat of violence before, during insurrection

The committee revealed new evidence it said showed the Secret Service was aware of threats of violence prior to the insurrection, worrying over social media posts prior to Jan. 6 and what it viewed the day of the attack on the Capitol.

One tip received by the agency said that the Proud Boys, a far-right white chauvinist group, "think[s] that they will have a large enough group to march into D.C. armed and will outnumber the police so they can't be stopped."

"Their plan is to literally kill people. Please please take this tip seriously and investigate further," the tip read.

"Right wing groups responding across the nation and establishing 'quick reaction forces' in Virginia," one Jan. 5, 2021, Secret Service email the panel said it uncovered read.

On the day of the attack, just before the pro-Trump mob moved toward the Capitol, agents voiced growing concern over the number of weapons seized or seen.

"With so many weapons so far, you wonder how many are unknown. Could be sporty after dark," one agent wrote in a message to a colleague.
"No doubt. The people at the Ellipse said they are moving to the Capitol after the POTUS speech," a second agent responded.

Oct 13, 2022, 2:24 PM EDT

Jan. 6 committee will vote on subpoenaing Trump

The committee plans to hold a vote on subpoenaing former President Trump during today’s hearing, sources familiar with the matter tell ABC News.

Speaker Pelosi was given a heads up about the committee's decision to vote on the matter, sources familiar with the matter say.

The move comes as the committee has debated for months how to handle a request for his cooperation.

A photo of former President Donald Trump is shown during a hearing by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, Oct. 13, 2022.
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Thompson told me earlier today that a subpoena was not off the table.

It’s not clear whether the committee will formally request former Vice President Mike Pence’s testimony, but committee investigators have been privately negotiating with his counsel for months.

--ABC News' Katherine Faulders

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