By Zachary Stieber
A Michigan lawmaker leading the investigation into the 2020 election threatened Dominion Voting Systems CEO with a subpoena if he doesn’t appear before his committee voluntarily.
State Rep. Matt Hall, a Republican who chairs the Michigan House Oversight Committee, said in a Dec. 7 letter obtained by The Epoch Times that he sent a missive last month asking Dominion CEO John Poulos to testify before the committee.
“I have not received an answer to my request. I am writing again to request your appearance before the House Oversight Committee so that we can further investigate Dominion’s role in the election,” Hall wrote to Poulos in the new letter.
The representative said there have been a number of claims and accusations regarding Dominion’s software and the results of the election and that Poulos could help lawmakers and voters better understand the election software.
If Poulos cannot make it in person, testimony via Zoom would serve.
“If Dominion chooses to ignore this second request to come before the committee I am prepared to seek legislative subpoena power to compel your appearance before the House Oversight Committee,” Hall wrote. “I am hopeful that it would not come to this.”
Dominion didn’t respond to a request for comment.
Breitbart first reported on the letter.
Dominion makes both election equipment and software. The company says that it provides voting systems in 28 states. It has challenged claims that its products were unreliable during the presidential election, and claimed it is nonpartisan and not affiliated with any political figures or parties.
Poulos testified to U.S. Congress in January. Dominion hasn’t sent him or others to answer questions before any legislative bodies since the Nov. 3 election.
Dominion planned to send at least one representative to testify before lawmakers in Pennsylvania last month but backed out.
“Instead of running towards the light of honesty and integrity, Dominion Voting Systems retreated to the darkness. Why? Why would a vendor of public goods fear discussing their products sold to the public for the public good?” state Rep. Seth Grove, a Republican who chairs the Government Oversight Committee, said during a press conference.
“If Dominion’s products were successful and operated as they were supposed to, why wouldn’t Dominion take the opportunity to publicly review its success? How hard is it to say, ‘our ballot machines worked exactly as promised, and they are 100 percent accurate?’”
In an emailed statement to The Epoch Times, Kay Stimson, Dominion’s vice president of government affairs, confirmed the company had agreed to the hearing.
“However, that conversation was overshadowed yesterday by threats of litigation coming towards our company during a national press conference,” she said. “As we await the opportunity to debunk the baseless conspiracy theories being offered about Dominion and its voting systems in a court of law, we had to ask for a postponement of the discussion. Notably, our company doesn’t even support Philadelphia, or some of the other jurisdictions being targeted by attorneys in their remarks.”
Lawmakers in multiple states have held hearings on allegations of election fraud and irregularities.
Hall and other lawmakers listened to testimony from President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, poll workers, and experts during a hearing last week.
Hall said after the hearing that he was seeking to “glean information about what can be done to make our state’s elections run more smoothly in the future.”
“I want to stress that today was not about partisan politics, it was a piece of the puzzle as we try to figure out what happened and we will continue to gather more,” he said. “We have invited Dominion Voting Systems in to speak on software issues and tabulation irregularities in Michigan, but so far they have not agreed to speak before our committee. We will not stop getting answers for the people of Michigan—as it is a pillar of our panel’s work.”
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