New reports this week confirmed that Donald Trump is the main subject of the Department of Justice’s investigation into the January 6th insurrection. And although a criminal case hasn’t been opened against Trump just yet, his inner circle has seen one of their own–former senior adviser Steve Bannon–face real consequences for refusing to comply with a subpoena from the January 6th House Select Committee.
Aside from Bannon, the Committee has also spoken with former members of Trump’s Cabinet and White House Staff, including former acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is also said to be negotiating with the Committee as their investigation has honed in on Trump’s personal and directed attempts to block the certification of the 2020 Presidential results, particularly his role in the pressure campaigns against former VP Mike Pence and key election officials in Georgia.
Committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) says that Attorney General Merrick Garland should “absolutely” move forward with a criminal case against Trump. “We never want to get in a position where the new administration prosecutes the last administration, ever,” he told MSNBC’s Michael Steele on Saturday. “But it is very different when there is an attempted coup…This has to be pursued.”
"Whatever your politics, whatever you think about the outcome of the election, we as Americans must all agree on this: Donald Trump’s conduct on January 6th was a supreme violation of his oath of office, and a complete dereliction of his duty to our Nation."
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) July 22, 2022
The January 6th Committee has finished its series of public hearings for the summer, but will resume in September because, as Rep. Kinzinger says, “there is a lot more to go.” In recent days, the Committee has indicated they’re in negotiations to meet with several others close to Trump. “We do have people now that say they want to put in their side,” he says. And he’s pushing for it to happen sooner rather than later, because “I guarantee” someone else will try to steal another election. “Maybe Trump himself,” if he’s not charged, says Kinzinger.