January 6 committee to interview Trump national security adviser Robert O’Brien

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection will hear from Donald Trump’s former national security adviser, Robert O’Brien, on Friday as lawmakers continue to piece together the actions of the ex. -president regarding the Capitol riot and discussions within his cabinet to remove him from office.

While O’Brien was not a cabinet minister, he was reportedly involved in discussions about invoking the 25th Amendment, which would have put then-Vice President Mike Pence in power. O’Brien denied any involvement.

O’Brien, who was not in Washington on January 6, remained in his post after the uprising, while his deputy Matthew Pottinger resigned in the aftermath. Pottinger testified before the committee during a hearing about what the former president was doing while his supporters stormed the Capitol.

O’Brien’s scheduled appearance before the committee was reported by CNN and NBC News.

In recent weeks, the panel reportedly interviewed former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is married to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.). He also heard from former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo.

Chao resigned from his post on Jan. 7, 2021, while Pompeo stuck with Trump and criticized those who resigned or otherwise sought to distance themselves from the then-president after January. 6.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-California), a Jan. 6 committee member, confirmed Pompeo’s appearance during an interview with CNN’s “Situation Room” earlier this week.

“I think we fill in a few things here and there every time we interview someone,” Lofgren told CNN’s Wolf Blitzer. “Obviously we’ve had testimony from other people about what he said and did. And so it’s just filling in the whole picture, especially that day and the events that followed that day, where cabinet secretaries had concerns about the president.

After the insurgency, Democrats pushed Pence and the Cabinet to remove Trump from office using the 25th Amendment. The amendment would have required the approval of the vice president, as well as a majority of the Cabinet or a congressional-appointed review body.

Pence announced days after the uprising that he would not invoke the 25th Amendment.

Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, said Pompeo briefed Meadows on those cabinet discussions.

The Jan. 6 committee also interviewed, among others, former Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, former acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen and former Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia.

CNN reported that the committee is currently discussing potential testimony with former education secretary Betsy DeVos.

Although the committee has no public hearings scheduled at this time, it continues to gather evidence as part of its investigation.

This week, a lawyer for two Sandy Hook parents suing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones turned over more than two years of his text messages to the panel.


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