The members of the Select Committee are confident they’ll be able to question former Donald Trump aides in their investigation of the January 6th insurrection, but they still have work ahead of them to secure testimony from some of the biggest names. The bipartisan panel is especially interested in what happened in the days and weeks before the insurrection, with a particular focus on the planning and financing of the assault.
While the committee has yet to formally define the scope of their investigation, the Department of Justice has offered a legal opinion allowing Congress to seek witness statements from former Trump administration officials, and they’re focused on coordination efforts by extremist groups that led the assault on the U.S. Capitol.
Panel members want to hear from witnesses who can describe “local, state and federal interaction in the run-up to and on the day of January 6th,” according to Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-FL), and testimony from individuals who can describe the political influence on the Pentagon and intelligence agencies.
In a clear example of cancel culture, the conservative House Freedom Caucus wants to remove Reps. Cheney and Kinzinger from the House GOP Conference for their participation in the Jan. 6 select committee.
Republicans continue to engage in practices they pretend to denounce.
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 29, 2021
Other congressional committees, including the House Oversight and Reform Committee and the Senate Judiciary Committee, are also investigating aspects of the insurrection, including Donald Trump’s efforts to pressure the Justice Department to investigate baseless claims of voter fraud and potentially overturn his election loss.
Jim Jordan admitted in a FOX interview today that he spoke with Trump on Jan. 6th.
Jordan needs to have his ass hauled up before the House Select Committee to testify about his phone call with Trump.
— Charles Campisi (@1813Doncarlo) July 29, 2021
Rep. Carolyn Maloney (D-NY), who chairs the Oversight Committee, released letters to former top Justice Department officials, including Trump’s last acting attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen. She also wants to hear from two former U.S. attorneys based in Atlanta who may be able to shed light on the ex-president’s pressure campaign on Georgia officials to “find” enough votes to overturn his election.
“We want to know who was the ultimate organizer and who paid for all of this action and how did it come about and are they still out there,” said Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD).
Rep. Jamie Raskin calls the people who attacked the Capitol "fascist traitors." This is an accurate description.
— Mary L Trump (@MaryLTrump) July 27, 2021