Capitol Riot

Proud Boys' Lawyers Plan to Subpoena Donald Trump in Seditious Conspiracy Trial

The defense argues that the Proud Boys participated in the Jan. 6 riot because Trump "called on patriots to stop the steal." It’s far from certain that Trump will actually take the stand

FILE - Trump supporters are seen at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington D.C.
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Defense attorneys for five Proud Boys leaders intend to call former President Donald Trump to testify as a witness in their clients’ ongoing seditious conspiracy trial.

Lawyers for Joe Biggs, a Proud Boys organizer from Florida, unveiled a subpoena on Thursday that would compel Trump’s appearance in March and said they would seek the Justice Department’s assistance with serving Trump.

The Trump campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

It remains unclear if the attorneys' effort will succeed, however. The defense team will have to deal with the logistical difficulties of serving a former president and current presidential candidate. Trump could also move to quash the subpoena, leading to more litigation.


As Donald Trump lost a legal fight over the 2020 election results, messages show members of his inner circle were in contact with members of extremist groups like the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers, and that many supporters brought weapons to Washington on Jan. 6. Javed Ali, former senior director for counterterrorism at the National Security Council, joins LX News to discuss the security concerns revealed in the latest Jan. 6 committee hearing.
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