On Wednesday, The Guardian reported that Donald J. Trump may be called to testify in front of the House select committee that has been tasked with investigating the events of January 6 on Capitol Hill.
The Guardian cited Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, who claimed that he would be issuing subpoenas to various senior members of the Trump administration. In addition, Thompson threatened to take individuals to court if they attempt to resist testifying.
“Nothing is off limits,” Thompson proclaimed.
Regarding whether or not Thompson may issue a subpoena to Trump, Thompson previously informed PBS that the committee is in possession of “the subpoena authority” to do so.
“If the facts themselves lead us to any individual, we will not hesitate to bring them before the committee,” Thompson continued.
Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat from California, originally created the committee in order to investigate the events pertaining to the January 6 Capitol Hill incident. During this incident, various demonstrators protested the results of the 2020 presidential election and subsequently entered the federal facilities on Capitol Hill.
Pelosi created the committee after the Senate refused to pass the January 6 Commission. This committee is set to hold its first hearing early next week. In addition, Pelosi has allowed Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California, to name only five Republicans to serve on the 12-member committee. In addition, Pelosi also possesses the authority to veto selections.
In other words, Democrats seem set on placing Trump at the center of their ongoing investigation regarding the events of January 6.
Thompson also informed The Guardian that he was highly interested in conversing with any individual who had spoken to Trump on January 6, demonstrating a particularly strong interest in the phone call shared between McCarthy and Trump while the events on Capitol Hill were unfolding.
Thompson brayed that the committee will not have “any reluctance” in pursuing this information, adding that it “will want to know if there is a record of what was said.”
The Mississippi Representative also added that he was more than willing to pursue depositions from other Congressional representatives who may have had any peripheral involvement in the Capitol Hill incident.
Thompson insisted that the January 6 events constitute “one fo the most salient challenges” that the United States faces, and that it is important “that this democracy does not fall prey to people who don’t really identify with democracy.”
Aside from Trump, Ivanka Trump, the president’s eldest daughter, as well as Mark Meadows, Trump’s White House Chief of Staff, may also face subpoenas.
If various Trump administration officials refuse to make an appearance before the committee on the basis of executive privilege, they may face additional subpoenas, as well as lawsuits, Thompson claimed.
He added that senior House investigators and the committee are anticipated to meet with Attorney General Merrick Garland, and he also claimed that his investigation would not begin overlapping with extant criminal probes that have been launched by the Department of Justice and the U.S. Attorney for Washington, D.C.
“We don’t want to [interfere with] indictments,” Thompson insisted, though he admitted that the various entities may engage in information sharing “that could be germane” the the committee’s investigation, “just like other committees have negotiated in the past.”
Presently, the committee does not have any deadline for submitting their reports, and Thompson issued a strong warning to Republicans who may attempt to delay proceedings.
“We will not stop until our investigation is complete,” Thompson asserted.