WASHINGTON (AP) — More evidence is emerging in the House Jan. 6 inquiry that supports recent testimony that President Donald Trump wanted to join an angry mob that marched to the Capitol where they rioted, a said a member of the committee on Sunday.
“There will be a lot more information and stay tuned,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.
The committee has stepped up its year-long investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021, attack and Trump’s efforts to nullify the 2020 election. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the committee’s vice chair, says referrals criminals at the Justice Department, including against Trump, could follow.
At least two more hearings are scheduled for this month in a bid to show how Trump unlawfully directed a violent mob toward the Capitol on Jan. 6, then failed to take quick action to stop the attack once it did. began.
The committee also reviewed new documentary film footage from Trump’s final months in office, including interviews with Trump and members of his family.
Kinzinger, in a television interview, declined to disclose the new information he was referring to and did not say who provided it. He said many other details emerged after former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony last week and nothing had changed the committee’s confidence in his 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 disparage this, who was there firsthand, should also testify under oath and not through anonymous sources.”
Kinzinger also said Sunday that more witnesses have come forward since Hutchinson testified.
“It happens every day,” Kinzinger told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “Every day we get new people who show up and say, ‘Hey, I didn’t think that part of the story that I knew was important. “”
In a separate interview, fellow committee member Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, said, “We are following up on additional leads. I think these leads will lead to new testimonies.
During Hutchinson’s appearance before the committee last week, Hutchinson portrayed Trump as an angry and defiant president who tried to let armed supporters avoid security checkpoints at a Jan. 6 morning rally to protest his loss in the 2020 election to Democrat Joe. Biden.
Legal experts said Cassidy’s testimony was potentially problematic for Trump as federal prosecutors investigate possible foul play.
“There could be more than one criminal dismissal,” Cheney said in an interview that aired Sunday. She said the committee will decide later in the process whether or not to proceed.
Cassidy also recounted a conversation with Tony Ornato, Trump’s deputy chief of staff for operations, who she testified said Trump later grabbed the wheel of the presidential SUV when the Secret Service refused to release him. let go to the Capitol after the rally.
This account, however, was quickly challenged. Bobby Engel, the Secret Service agent who drove Trump, and Ornato are prepared to testify under oath that no agent was assaulted and that Trump never rushed the wheel, a person familiar with the matter has said. . The person did not discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
In recent days, the committee subpoenaed former White House attorney Pat Cipollone and sought more information from Ornato and Engel, who had previously been interviewed by investigators.
The members of the committee hope that Cipollone will 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 more to stop this vicious attack on the Capitol,” Schiff said. “It’s hard to imagine anyone more at the center of things.”
The committee also worked on setting up an interview with Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. She was asked to speak to the committee after her communications with Trump’s team were leaked on the eve and day of the Capitol uprising.
Kinzinger appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Schiff was on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” and Cheney appeared on ABC’s “This Week.”
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