WASHINGTON – More witnesses are coming forward with new details about the 6 Jan Uprising in US Capitol after Cassidy Hutchinson, former White House adviser devastating testimony last week against former President Donald Trump, says a member of a House committee investigating the riot.
The panel has already subpoenaed former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, who investigators still hope will appear for testimony Wednesday, and said it would also welcome more details from intelligence officials with Trump on the day.
Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., cited Hutchinson’s statement that Trump wanted to join an angry mob that marched to the Capitol on Jan. 6, where they rioted, as particularly valuable in “inspiring” more people to the front to step up when the committee is scheduled for at least two public hearings this month.
“Every day we get new people coming up and saying, ‘Hey, I didn’t think maybe this part of the story that I knew was important,'” he said Sunday. “There will be much more information and stay tuned. ”
The committee was intensifying his years of investigation in the January 6, 2021 attack and Trump’s efforts to overthrow the 2020 election. The next hearings will aim to show how Trump illegally directed a violent mob onto the Capitol on Jan. 6 and then failed to take quick action to stop the attack once it began. Over the weekend, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the committee’s vice chair, made that clear criminal notices to the Justice Department, even against Trump.
The committee also reviewed new documentary footage from Trump’s final months in office, including interviews with Trump and members of his family.
In a television interview, Kinzinger declined to disclose the new information he was referring to and did not say who provided it. He said nothing changed the committee’s confidence in their credibility.
“There is information that I cannot say yet,” he said. “We would certainly say that Cassidy Hutchinson testified under oath, we find her credible, and anyone who wants to denigrate that who was present first hand should also testify under oath and not through anonymous sources.”
In a separate interview, another committee member, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said, “We are following additional leads. I think these clues will lead to new testimonies.”
At Hutchinson’s appearance before the committee, she painted a picture of Trump as an angry, defiant president trying to evade armed supporters at a rally on the morning of January 6 at a rally to protest his 2020 election loss to Democrat Joe Biden.
According to Hutchinson, Cipollone was concerned that Trump could be prosecuted if he joined his supporters to march on the Capitol.
Legal experts have said Cassidy’s testimony may be problematic for Trump as federal prosecutors investigate possible criminal wrongdoing.
Cheney said in an interview that aired Sunday that the committee was still considering making recommendations to the Justice Department, noting that “there could be more than one criminal referral.”
Committee members said they were confident Cipollone would come forward.
“He clearly has information about concerns about criminal violations, concerns about the President going to the Capitol that day, concerns about the Chief of Staff having blood on his hands if they don’t do more to stop this violent attack on the Capitol. said ship. “It’s hard to imagine anyone taking center stage more.”
In her testimony, Cassidy recounted a conversation with Tony Ornato, Trump’s deputy chief of staff for operations, who she said said Trump later grabbed the steering wheel of the president’s SUV when Secret Service refused to let him go to the Capitol afterward the rally.
However, this bill has been controversial. Bobby Engel, the Secret Service agent who drove Trump, and Ornato are ready to testify under oath that no agent was attacked and Trump never took the wheel, a person familiar with the matter said. The person did not want to discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
“We had interviewed Mr. Ornato several times,” said Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., and a panel member. “His memory doesn’t seem to be as accurate as hers. We would definitely appreciate them coming back if they wish.”
The committee also helped set up an interview Virginia “Ginni” Thomas Conservative activist and Supreme Court wife Clarence Thomas. She was asked to speak to the committee after her communications with Trump’s team leading up to and on the day of the Capitol riot were disclosed.
Kinzinger appeared on CNN’s State of the Union, Schiff was on CBS’s Face the Nation, Cheney appeared on ABC’s This Week, and Lofgren spoke on NBC’s Meet the Press.
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