Rep. Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon Thompson Pelosi, Weighing GOP Election for January 6, Examines Jim Jordan Among McCarthy Elections for January 6 Panel NY Progressive Bowman Introduces 6B ‘Green New Deal for Public Schools’ MORE (D-Miss.), Chairman of the committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, said earlier President TrumpDonald TrumpOn The Money: Schumer Pressure From Every Side On Expenditure Strategy | GOP hammers HUD boss over sluggish bearing support | Democrat Proposes Charges on Commercial Space Flights Overnight Health Care: Fauci Clash with Paul – Again New York Reaches .1B Settlement with Opioid Dealers | Delta variant accounts for 83 percent of U.S. COVID-19 cases Overnight Defense: Review of Military Justice Included in Defense Proposal | Pentagon watchdog to review ‘nuclear football’ security Pentagon launches first air strike in Somalia during Biden MORE will be part of his query and tell The Guardian that “nothing is without limits.”
Thompson, who also chairs the House Homeland Security Committee and authored the bill to set up the Independent Commission, said he is prepared to oust lawmakers and senior Trump administration officials who may have participated in the attack.
He told The Guardian that he “absolutely” intends to carry out a far-reaching probe against Trump and some of his top allies on Capitol Hill.
“The issues of January 6 are one of the most significant challenges we have as a nation to ensure that this democracy does not become a prey for people who do not really identify with democracy,” Thompson told the news outlet.
He said Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthy Pelosi, who weighs GOP election for January 6 probe The Hill’s Morning Report – Will Schumer return to his deadline? Jim Jordan among McCarthy selects panel January 6 MORE is among the main witnesses in the investigation, mainly because the California Republican was on the phone with Trump when the attack took place.
“There will be no reluctance on the part of the committee to pursue it,” Thompson said, referring to McCarthy’s call. “The committee would like to know if there is an overview of what was said.”
He also said that any communication with Trump from that day will be important to investigate.
“If anyone spoke to the President on January 6, I think it would be important for our committee to know what was said. “I can not imagine you talking about anything else to the president on January 6,” he said.
Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiEthics panel maintains 0 masking fines against Greene, other GOP lawmakers Trump says he will meet with Cheney challengers ahead of approval Pelosi weighs GOP election to Jan. 6 probe MORE (D-Calif.) Appointed eight lawmakers to serve on the select committee that probed the January attack, including the Republican Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyTrump says he will meet with Cheney challengers ahead of approval Pelosi, who weighs GOP election until Jan. 6, examines Jim Jordan among McCarthy election to Jan. 6 panel MORE (Wyo.), Who has become the most prominent critic of Trump and his role in provoking the uprising.
McCarthy announced his choices to the panel on Tuesday. They include rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanOvernight Health Care: Fauci clashes with Paul – again | New York reaches .1B settlement with opioid dealers | Delta variant accounts for 83 percent of U.S. COVID-19 cases Pelosi, who weighs GOP election for Jan. 6, investigates Fauci: Paul does not know what he is talking about ‘and I will officially say’ MORE (R-Ohio), which has been one of Trump’s most loyal allies on Capitol Hill and voted to overthrow the January election result.
Thompson said the primary focus of the investigation will be facts and circumstances surrounding the attack. The first hearing is scheduled to take place on Tuesday.
He stressed that he is prepared to issue subpoenas to Trump officials in connection with the attack if they refuse to speak to the committee voluntarily. He said stand-up tactics, such as those used during Trump’s first indictment, will not be viable this time because there is no deadline for publishing a report.
Thompson said that if officials refuse to testify, the committee will “pursue it in court.”
He also warned that the committee would refer criminal charges against Trump if it becomes clear that White House records from the period between the November election and January 6 are missing or destroyed, which has reportedly become a problem among some Democrats.
“I do not see any hesitation on our part to pursue it,” Thompson said. “Failure to respect the rule of law is even more reason why this elected committee exists.”