The chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson, told reporters Wednesday that the committee was getting “a lot of information” – including new documentary footage of Donald Trump’s final months in office – as his years-long search intensifies hearings in the January 6, 2021 attack and Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election, which Democrat Joe Biden won.
The committee is also working to compile an interview with Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who responded the panel’s request to appear‘ said the chairman. She was asked to address the committee after disclosing her communications with Trump’s team in the run-up to and day of the uprising on the Capitol.
“We expect to keep talking and trying to get her to come in,” said Thompson, D-Miss.
Thomas said before She “can’t wait to clear up any misunderstandings,” suggesting she would comply with the panel’s statement.
For the past yearThe committee investigated the violence in the Capitol and its causes, questioned more than 1,000 witnesses and presented around 140,000 documents. Nine people died in the attack and its aftermath.
The next hearing, scheduled for Thursday, is expected to highlight former Justice Department officials testify on Trump’s proposals to reject the election results. It would end this month’s work. The committee will start again in July, Thompson said.
The panel has issued a new subpoena for testimony to Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala. published, which belonged to a group of five GOP lawmakers including minority leader Kevin McCarthy, The committee wants to hear about their interactions with Trump before or during the Capitol riots, the chairman said.
Brooks who was defeated in Alabama’s GOP US Senate primary this week and had fallen out of favor with Trump initially hinted that he might speak to the panel. But Thompson said the subpoena had expired, so a new one had to be sent out. McCarthy and the other Republican lawmakers declined to appear.
Meanwhile, in a sign of an expanding Justice Department investigation, federal law enforcement officials on Wednesday served a round of subpoenas related to alternative — or fake — lists of voters falsely trying to nominate Trump the 2020 victor in their states to explain.
The House Committee has already investigated the matter, but the new subpoenas underscore the Justice Department’s interest in the same area. Among the recipients of the subpoenas was Georgia Republican Party leader David Shafer, according to a person familiar with the matter, who insisted on anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. The Washington Post was the first to report the subpoenas.
The committee should complete this first round of public hearings in June. However, additional information has become available to the committee, and Congress is expected to put remote and district work on hold for two weeks into the July 4 vacation.
“We have a new documentary from a person we’re speaking to and we need to go through all of his information,” Thompson said, referring to the British filmmaker whose never-before-seen interviews were conducted with the former president and his inner circle presented to the committee this week. Footage was taken both before and after the uprising.
The revelation about the film came to light on Tuesday when British filmmaker Alex Holder revealed he had complied with a congressional subpoena to release all footage he shot in the final weeks of Trump’s 2020 reelection campaign.
Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., indicated Tuesday that the investigation’s schedule could change.
“I would simply say that the original hearings would have concluded in June, but we are accumulating new evidence at a tremendous rate every day,” Raskin said. “That’s why we’re constantly integrating and incorporating the new information that’s coming out.”
He added: “But the hearings will certainly be completed before the end of the summer.”
The televised hearings started with a prime time session this month.
AP congressional correspondent Lisa Mascaro and writer Eric Tucker contributed to this report.
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