Jan. 6 committee chairman said panel had “important testimony” that the White House “was asked to do something” during the insurgency
Thompson told CNN’s Dana Bash on ‘State of the Union’ on Sunday, “We have important testimony that leads us to believe the White House has been told to do something. We want to verify all of this. so that when we do our report and when we have the hearings, the public will have the opportunity to see for themselves. ”
He added: “Well, the only thing I can say is that it’s very unusual for someone in charge of anything to watch what’s going on and not do anything.”
Asked if he believed President Trump’s actions during the insurgency warranted a criminal referral, Thompson replied, “We don’t know … If there is anything that we are meeting with as a committee that , in our opinion, would warrant a referral to the Department of Justice, we will. “
The president said on Sunday that the panel had “some concerns” about potential financial fraud by Trump and his allies around the insurgency.
“It is of great concern to us that people are fundraising for an activity and that we cannot find the money spent on that particular activity,” he said. “So we’ll continue to look at it, and funding is one of those things that we’ll continue to look at very closely.
He also wouldn’t say whether the panel is considering subpoenaing members of Congress, such as Trump’s allied representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, to cooperate with the committee.
“I hope the people who have taken the oath as a member of Congress would come forward,” he said. “That’s why we asked them to come voluntarily.”
Thompson said the panel was still working on testimony and witness documents on the makeshift “war room” at the Willard Hotel in DC which was run by Trump allies Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon on the day of the attack.
“Part of our job is to try to get access to the files that day, which paid for it. Bernie Kerik is important. He has started to cooperate with our committee, we look forward to this cooperation to continue.” , did he declare. “The hotel has been asked to provide us with information, so we are in the process of doing our investigation. “
During the ABC interview, Cheney reiterated strong reservations about Trump’s suitability for a future job.
“Any man who does not, any man who provokes a violent assault on the Capitol to stop the counting of the electoral votes, any man who watches television while the police are beaten, as his supporters invade the Capitol. United States, is clearly unfit for a future term, “Cheney said.” It is clear that he will never be able to be near the Oval Office again. “
When asked if she thought the investigation and the committee’s report might change her mind, Cheney said she was hopeful because the work is being done on a bipartisan basis.
“It really is a group that brings together a group of us who have very different political views, but who come together when the issues relate to the defense of the Constitution, and so that gives me hope,” she declared.