In a Zoom call Thursday with progressive activists, Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., said the upcoming Jan. 6 select committee hearings probing the riot at the U.S. Capitol organized by supporters of the president of the time, Donald Trump, “will blow the roof off the house.
“We will do everything we can to subpoena all the information we need and enforce our subpoenas. But even if we don’t get the last person there, we’re going to have hearings that I think will be compared to the Watergate hearings, because they’re going to blow the roof off the House in terms of explaining to America of what happened in the attack on our democracy,” Raskin, who sits on the select committee, told an audience of about 40,000 who watched his remarks on Facebook.
While former Trump administration figures and supporters have defied subpoenas for information and testimony, Raskin said the committee has spoken to more than 400 witnesses to date who have already thrown down the explosive audience bases.
“I hope everyone will watch and I hope everyone will discuss it, and then it will lead to a report that I still hope will be a game-changer in terms of American history,” he said. declared.
In response to questions about holding Trump personally responsible for pushing the debunked claim that he lost the 2020 presidential election due to voter fraud, which prompted the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill, Raskin promised “a settling of accounts”.
“But you know, this guy is a walking crime wave and he’s been committing crimes all over the country, including sexual harassment and assault on many people. There’s bank fraud and there’s real estate fraud and there’s tax evasion,” Raskin said.
“And there are prosecutors all over the country looking at all of this. I don’t want us to fetishize Donald Trump so much – he will meet, you know, his creator, somewhere or another, there will be accountability and reckoning with the law.
The committee has previously made headlines by releasing text messages it obtained that indicate Fox News host Sean Hannity “had prior knowledge of President Trump and his legal team’s planning to January 6,” and that Ivanka Trump urged her father to stop the violence on Capitol Hill.
The committee also said this week that it interviewed Trump supporter Ray Epps and released a statement that attempted to discredit some conservatives’ claim that Epps was acting as an FBI agent or informant when he encouraged the people to enter the Capitol. Epps appeared on the FBI’s most wanted list shortly after the Jan. 6 riot, only to be later removed, a fact that some Republicans say points to his involvement with the FBI.
“I’m not sure the FBI is totally competent at everything, but I’m totally sure they wouldn’t be incompetent enough to put their own agent on the most wanted list,” Rep. Adam Kinzinger said. one of two Republicans in office. to the committee, Yahoo News told.
The Jan. 6 select committee has been conducting its investigation for nearly seven months and plans to hold prime-time television hearings to present its findings in the coming months. Raskin said he understands many Republicans are simply trying to “run out of time” in the investigation until the midterm elections, when many political observers expect Democrats to lose control of the election. Chamber and, consequently, of the committee of January 6.
For now, however, Raskin, who served as a director during Trump’s second impeachment, seemed confident the hearings soon to begin would have an impact.
“This is the most bipartisan committee I’ve ever been on, with a great Democratic president and a great Republican vice president, and what I see are constitutional patriots working every day and night to raise awareness the truth to the American people before it’s too late.”