‘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.
“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.
Jan. 6 House select committee chair Bennie Thompson indicates to me that Trump and McCarthy are top witnesses because of their call: “The committee will want to know if there is a record of what was said.”
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) July 21, 2021
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.
Important: Rep Bennie Thompson, the chair of the 1/6 committee, says he will treat Kevin McCarthy and other Republicans who talked directly to Trump during the insurrection as witnesses:https://t.co/rzHUGsC71k
No wonder McCarthy is working so hard to sabotage the committee: https://t.co/5DJsMgI3QS
— Greg Sargent (@ThePlumLineGS) July 21, 2021
“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.