Washington — On January 6, 2021, a member of the House Select Committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol, Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren said on Sunday that the panel would release “all the evidence” it has collected “within” the course of its investigation. a month,” before Republicans took control of the House.
In an interview with “Face the Nation,” Lofgren insisted that the House Select Committee is conducting its own investigation and is not sharing information with the Justice Department. But, with the committee set to disband at the end of this Congress, the California Democrat said the panel would make public all the evidence it collected along with a report of its findings.
“Within a month, the public will have everything we’ve found, all the evidence. For good or ill,” Lofgren told “Face the Nation.” “And I think we’ve, as we’ve shown at our hearings, made a compelling presentation that the former president was at the center of an effort to subvert a duly elected election, mobilized a mob, sent Congress to try And obstruct the peaceful transfer of power. It is quite shocking.”
During nine public hearings held over the summer and autumn, the select committee detailed a multi-pronged campaign by former President Donald Trump and his allies to thwart the transfer of power and keep Trump in office. a second term. While the panel has completed its public hearings, investigators continue to hear from witnesses, includingRobert Engel, who accompanied former Pres.
committee tooTrump to testify and documents, but former Pres. against the committee in an attempt to stop it. The prospect of a trial closes the door for Trump to comply with investigators’ demands before the panel is finished and before Republicans take control of the House in January.
While the committee did not subpoena former Vice President Mike Pence, members indicated they were interested in hearing from him. but pencethat he is “closing the door” on appearing before the panel.
Pence said, “I have no right to testify to Congress.” “We have a separation of powers under the Constitution of the United States, and I believe it would set a terrible precedent for Congress to call on the Vice President of the United States to speak about discussions that took place in the White House.” sustains.”
In response to Trump and Pence’s refusal to cooperate with the committee’s investigation, Lofgren said members wished both would have answered investigators’ questions, and that other presidents, including Gerald Ford and Theodore Roosevelt, had testified before Congress. . Still, he acknowledged that time would run out before the committee could fight Trump in court to force him to comply.
“It’s almost Thanksgiving, and the committee turns into a pumpkin at the end of December. So we don’t have time to litigate this,” she said. “But I think he has betrayed history. And he should have done otherwise.”