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‘Nothing is Off-Limits’: Jan 6th Commission Chair Would Investigate Trump

Congressman Bennie Thompson, the Chairman of the new House Select Committee to scrutinize the January 6th Capitol attack, says he will investigate Donald Trump as part of his inquiry into the events of a day he sees as “the greatest test to the United States since the Civil War.”

In a new interview with The Guardian, Thompson says that he is also prepared to depose members of Congress and senior Trump administration officials who might have participated in the insurrection that left five dead and nearly 140 injured.

UNITED STATES – JULY 1: Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., conducts a news conference in the Capitol Visitor Center to introduce members of the select committee to investigate the January 6th attack on the Capitol on Thursday, July 1, 2021. From left are, Reps. Elaine Luria, D-Va., Jamie Raskin, D-Md., Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla., Pete Aguilar, D-Calif., Pelosi, Adam Schiff, D-Calif., Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and Bennie G. Thompson, D-Miss. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., will also be a member. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images)

“Nothing is off-limits,” Thompson tells The Guardian.

The move comes at the same time as many Republicans have been seeking to downplay the attack on the Capitol or, in the case of Trump himself, cast its protagonists in a more positive light. Now that Kevin McCarthy has retreated, the new Select Committee will convene without any of his appointees, thereby giving the Committee a clear path to subpoena any witnesses without obstruction from any sitting members.

The interview showcases that there is no doubt in Thompson’s mind of the seriousness of the event. Addressing some of the key questions at the heart of the select committee’s investigation into the attack, Thompson characterized the inquiry as an undertaking to safeguard the peaceful transition of power and the future of American democracy.

“The issues of January 6th are one of the most salient challenges we have as a nation, to make sure that this democracy does not fall prey to people who don’t really identify with democracy,” Thompson said.



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