“Nothing is off limits” when it comes to investigating the insurgency on Capitol Hill and former President Donald Trump’s role in it, says man responsible for investigating committee House restricted on the deadly attack.
“There will be no reluctance on the part of the committee to prosecute him,” Representative Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) Told The Guardian, referring to Trump’s involvement.
Thompson confirmed that the investigation would “absolutely” include the former president and some of his allies. He said the committee would be particularly interested if Trump spoke on the phone with GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) During the attack.
“If someone spoke to the president on January 6, I think it would be important for our committee to know what was said. I can’t imagine you talking to the president about anything else on January 6, ”Thompson said in an interview released Wednesday.
He said he was prepared to remove members of Congress and senior Trump administration officials who allegedly participated in the Jan.6 attack, which left five people dead, and that he will issue subpoenas and will sue if Trump administration officials refuse to appear. before the committee when asked.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, who created the 13-member House Homeland Security Committee after Senate Republicans blocked the creation of a bipartisan commission to investigate the Capitol riot , asked Thompson to lead the group earlier this month.
In response to his appointment to the committee, Thompson on Tuesday withdrew a federal lawsuit he filed against Trump in February. The lawsuit accused the former president of inciting an insurgency and conspiring with his lawyer and extremist groups to try to block the certification of the results of the 2020 presidential election.
Thompson said in a court opinion that while he “continues to believe strongly in the merits of this case, he wishes to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.”
McCarthy, who reportedly called Trump during the insurgency and asked the president to recall his violent supporters, has appointed five Republicans to serve on the House committee. Rep. Jim Banks (Ind.) Was nominated to be the top Republican of the bunch, and McCarthy suggested Reps Jim Jordan (Ohio), Rodney Davis (Illinois), Kelly Armstrong (ND) and Troy Nehls (Texas) serve in as members. They will need to be approved by Pelosi before they can sit on the committee.
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