The House of Representatives Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the Capitol does not expect to call Donald Trump give evidence of potentially illegal schemes to stop certification of Joe Biden’s election victory, its chairman said Tuesday.
For months, the board has been considering whether to seek voluntary co-operation or sue the former president in its extensive investigation, seeking his insight into illegal 2020 cancellation schemes.
But Benny Thompson, chairman of the selection committee, told reporters on Capitol Hill that we “did not expect” to demand testimony from Trump.
The chairman noted that the board had decided – at least for now – not to demand cooperation from the former president, given that it remains unclear whether to provide Trump with information that could help advance the investigation.
“We’re not sure the evidence we’re getting can be more corroborated by his presence,” Thompson said. “I think the concern is whether he will add more value to his testimony.”
Thompson did not completely rule out the prospect of demanding written or oral testimony from Trump. He added that discussions are underway to call former Vice President Mike Pence to participate in the selection committee.
Skepticism about demand for cooperation from “directors” in the investigationsuch as Trump and Pence, in large part because the commission is not convinced that the benefits outweigh the political headaches from such a move.
Trump will almost certainly try to turn a request for cooperation from the panel into a political circus, and if Trump claimed the Fifth Amendment or said he could not recall answers to questions in the deposit, it would lose valuable time and resources to investigate. .
Meanwhile, the Justice Department has asked the board for transcripts of interviews with witnesses, writes the New York Times reported on Tuesday afternoon.
The newspaper, citing unnamed sources, noted that the move indicates that U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland is stepping up a separate investigation by his office into the events of Jan. 6 last year and around.