Jan. 6 Committee Chair Says Subpoenaing Trump Is Not ‘Off Limits’

Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 revolt, mentioned on Sunday that subpoenaing former President Donald Trump within the probe shouldn’t be “off limits.”

The Mississippi Democrat appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” the place host Margaret Brennan requested him if the committee sees “any direct line” to the previous president that may result in a subpoena.

“Well, let me say that nobody is off limits,” Thompson mentioned. “We will be, on an ongoing basis, issuing subpoenas to various individuals around the country. If we have enough evidence ― and obviously we are pursuing evidence ― but if the evidence leads to former President Trump or anyone else … We will go forward with it.”

“So, you know, it’s an investigation. We’re not trying to get ahead of the investigation. We’ll follow the facts and circumstances as they present themselves,” he continued.

Followers of the then-president stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 with the intent of harming lawmakers and overturning the 2020 election, which Trump misplaced. The lethal assault adopted a close-by rally throughout which Trump informed the tens of hundreds of attendees to intimidate Vice President Mike Pence into refusing to certify the election for Joe Biden.

Thompson informed Brennan on Sunday that there’s “no question” the revolt was premeditated, citing the committee’s September subpoena on Steve Bannon, a onetime Trump aide suspected to have performed a task in planning the assault.

“The worst kept secret in America is that Donald Trump invited individuals to come to Washington on Jan. 6, he said all hell would break loose,” the chairman mentioned, incorrectly attributing Bannon’s quote to Trump. “Steve Bannon was part of the conversation and the promotion of Jan. 6 ― the very podcast we just listened to talks about it.”

“Steve Bannon was in the war room, and he was in the Willis Hotel doing a lot of things. So that’s why we subpoenaed him, that’s why we felt it was important for the committee and staff to depose him,” he mentioned.

Thompson was referring to Bannon’s podcast episode from at some point earlier than the rally, wherein he informed listeners, “It’s not going to happen like you think it’s going to happen.”

“It’s going to be quite extraordinarily different. All I can say is, strap in,” Bannon mentioned on his present. “You made this happen, and tomorrow it’s game day. So strap in. Let’s get ready.”

The subpoena on Bannon demanded that he flip over information of his communications with the Trump White House, together with documentation from across the time of the revolt. He was additionally ordered to seem earlier than the committee on Oct. 14, however refused to conform with each requests as instructed by Trump. The full House voted to advocate legal prices in opposition to Bannon over his repeated refusal to cooperate.

Trump filed a lawsuit in opposition to the National Archives and the committee final week accusing the members of conducting an “illegal fishing expedition,” claiming that the paperwork the committee has requested are protected beneath govt privilege ― a vaguely outlined time period that claims presidents have the fitting to defend data from the general public if it may harm the establishment of the presidency.

Biden determined in opposition to asserting govt privilege when the committee requested archived documentation from the White House associated to the occasions of Jan. 6. The president mentioned his determination was based mostly on the truth that the discharge of such documentation is within the nation’s curiosity of defending democracy.