Former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman said the House committee investigating the Jan.6 Capitol riot was “on track”, citing the Trump 2016 campaign spokeswoman, Katrina Pierson.
Manigault Newman took up a line popularized by All the President’s Men, a 1976 film based on a book by journalists Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein about their reporting on the Watergate scandal, to argue that Pierson may have critical information linking the former President Donald Trump at the seat of Congress.
“Not only was Katrina one of the organizers, but she was behind the money, you know, and with every scandal it’s always ‘follow the money’,” Manigault Newman said on MSNBC Saturday. “And because she was so involved in fundraising and organizing events, I think the committee is right to subpoena her.”
“She’s going to have a lot of information, and she had a lot of insight into what they knew and when, and I really believe because of Donald Trump’s violent instincts that he knew things would probably get out of hand,” added Manigault Newman. .
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Information cited by the panel in its letter to Pierson stated that she was involved in organizing the January 5 and 6 rallies that led to the Capitol riot and was in direct communication with Trump about the events. . The committee is looking for documents and depositions from Pierson.
“Katrina should be very worried, and we’ll see what happens, but the committee is on the right track,” Manigault Newman said.
Pierson was one of 11 people subpoenaed by the Jan.6 committee last week.
“It will be the honor of my life to stand up for the First Amendment rights of the American people before a totalitarian, partisan and totally corrupt United States Congress,” Pierson said in a tweet Thursday.
The focus was on the speech Trump gave to rally fans at a rally near the White House on January 6 ahead of the Capitol riot in which he claimed there had been fraud widespread in the 2020 elections. He urged the crowd to “fight much harder” and “stop the theft”.
Trump was impeached, for the second time, for inciting an insurgency in connection with the Capitol Riot, which confused lawmakers as they scrambled to certify President Joe Biden’s electoral victory. Trump was acquitted by the GOP-led Senate, but Manigault Newman and others have argued that he blamed himself for his actions.
“If these people come forward and speak the truth, then all roads point to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and Donald Trump has been closely involved and led this effort,” she told MSNBC host Alex Witt. .
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Manigault Newman, who was a longtime Trump ally who appeared in the first season of his show The Apprentice, aided Trump in his 2016 campaign and became the communications director of the White House Office of Public Liaison. But in late 2017, the White House announced her departure, and she has since criticized Trump and his administration.
Manigault Newman triumphed over Trump last week when an arbitrator from New York ruled that the former president’s nondisclosure agreement with his former White House aide was “unenforceable.”
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