The chairman of the House Jan. 6 Select Committee would not rule out subpoenaing former President Donald Trump as part of its investigation into the Capitol riot.
“Nobody’s off-limits,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, said when asked about it on CBS News’s Face the Nation on Sunday.
“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, the committee is not reticent in pushing back on it, the chairman added. “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.”
While it appears most are engaging with the panel, Trump ally Steve Bannon refused to comply with the subpoena he received, and the House voted Thursday to hold him in contempt of Congress. If the Justice Department prosecutes Bannon and he is convicted, he could face fines up to $100,000 and up to a year in prison.
Rep. Liz Cheney, a Republican member of the Jan. 6 panel, said arguments made by Trump and Bannon that relevant information sought by the committee is protected by executive privilege “appear to reveal” that Trump was “personally involved in the planning and execution” of the events on Jan. 6.
Host Margaret Brennan asked, “How premeditated was this attack?”
“Well, there’s no question,” Thompson replied. “Clearly, the direction of the committee is to look at that premeditation, to make sure that we identify it, but 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. Steve Bannon was part of the conversation and the promotion of Jan. 6. The very podcast you — we just listened to talks about it. Steve Bannon was in the war room and he was in the Willard hotel doing a lot of things. So that’s why we subpoenaed him.”
Thompson also talked about how his committee is looking into Facebook and other platforms in relation to the planning leading up to the Capitol riot. In addition, he spoke to one team’s focus on finances.
“We have one of the teams on the committee whose sole purpose is to look at the financing of Jan. 6, the people who spent money, whether if it’s their money and other folks’ money,” Thompson said. “It really doesn’t matter, but we want that to go to the work product or the committee.”
“We think the potential for co-mingling restricted funds for this purpose might be there, but obviously, we’ll look at it,” the congressman added. “It’s just interesting to note that a lot of people came to Washington by bus, by plane, by chartered vehicles. They stayed in hotels, motels, all of that. Somebody had to pay for it. And we want to look at whether or not they’re paying for that participation was legal and whether or not it contributed to what occurred on Jan. 6.”
Author: Daniel Chaitin
Source: Washington Examiner: Trump subpoena? Capitol riot panel chairman says ‘nobody’s off-limits’