The House Select Committee investigating last year’s insurgency is gearing up for its first national hearings that will include videotaped interviews with Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, reports The Washington Post.
Next Thursday, Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Vice Chairman Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) will kick off the series of television hearings featuring both live witnesses and taped interviews , including several White House figures. Both Trump and Kushner served as senior White House advisers to Donald Trump during last year’s Jan. 6 insurrection.
Their interviews were described to the Post as “engaging.”
The committee will attempt to place the violence on Capitol Hill on Jan. 6 in the larger context of a sweeping plan to nullify a legitimate presidential election, with Trump’s involvement “serving as a guideline,” sources told the Post. .
Cassidy Hutchinson, a top aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, is expected to play a key role in the hearings, sources say. She has reportedly already provided the committee with “detailed” information about Meadows’ activities to overturn the election.
The final hearing will focus primarily on then-President Trump — what he did and said before and on January 6. Any remaining “bombshells” will then be revealed, a source told the Post.
The hearings will be the culmination of more than a year of committee work that involved more than 1,000 witness interviews and the review of 125,000 documents, the Post reports. It will be the most detailed examination to date of the events leading up to the insurgency and violence.
What will happen at the end of the hearings is uncertain. The committee can refer cases for prosecution, but it is up to the Department of Justice to decide whether to file charges.
But a no-frills Friday arrest of staunch Trump supporter and former trade adviser Peter Navarro could signal a new hardened DOJ. Navarro, who was charged with two counts of criminal contempt of Congress for rescinding a committee subpoena, was arrested, handcuffed and locked in a cell.