According to the man in charge of leading a House select committee
probe into the deadly attack
, “nothing is off-limits” when it comes to investigating the Capitol insurgency and former President Donald Trump
’s role in it.
“There will be no hesitancy on the part of the committee to pursue it,” Rep. Bennie Thompson
(D-Miss.) told The Guardian of Trump’s involvement.
Thompson confirmed that the investigation
will “absolutely” include the former president and some of his allies, and that the committee is particularly interested in Trump speaking on the phone with House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy
(Calif.) during the attack.
“If someone spoke to the president on January 6
, I think it would be important for our committee to know what was said, because I can't imagine you talk about anything else to the president on January 6,” Thompson said in an interview
He stated that he is willing to remove members of Congress
and senior Trump administration
officials who are found to have participated in the Jan. 6 attack, which killed five people
, and that he will issue subpoenas and file lawsuits if Trump administration officials refuse to appear before the committee when asked.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi
appointed Thompson to lead the 13-member House Homeland Security Committee
earlier this month, after Senate Republicans
blocked the establishment of a bipartisan commission
to investigate the Capitol riot
In response to his committee appointment, Thompson withdrew a federal lawsuit he filed against Trump in February, accusing him of inciting insurgency and conspiring with his lawyer and extremist groups to obstruct the certification of 2020 presidential election
In a court notice, Thompson stated that, while he "continues to believe strongly in the merits of this case," he "wishes to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest."
McCarthy, who reportedly called Trump during the insurgency and asked the president to call back his violent supporters, nominated five Republicans to serve on the House committee, including Reps. Jim Jordan
), Rodney Davis
(Ill.), Kelly Armstrong (North Dakota
), and Troy Nehls (Texas
Pelosi said on Wednesday that she would reject the nominations of Banks and Jordan, both of whom voted against certifying Joe Biden
's election results.
McCarthy responded with an immediate tit for tat, stating that Republicans would “rather pursue our own investigation of the facts
” unless Pelosi reconsidered her decision.