CHICAGO (CBS/AP) — Congressman Adam Kinzinger says the House selection committee investigating the January 6 uprising is getting more evidence by the day.
The Illinois Republican defended Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House aide who testified last week, saying Hutchinson has inspired even more people to come forward.
“There’s information I can’t say yet. We would certainly say that Cassidy Hutchinson testified under oath. We find her credible, and anyone who wants to express contempt for that, who was there firsthand, should also be under oath.” witnesses and not by anonymous sources,” he said.
The commission has stepped up its long-standing investigation into the January 6, 2021 attack and Trump’s efforts to undo the 2020 election.
“There will be a lot more information and stay tuned,” Kinzinger said.
Congressman Liz Cheney, a Wyoming Republican who is the commission’s vice chair, makes it clear that criminal charges to the Justice Department, including against Trump, could follow.
At least two more hearings are scheduled this month that aim to show how Trump illegally sent a violent mob to the Capitol on January 6, then failed to act quickly to stop the attack once it began.
The commission also reviewed new documentary footage of Trump’s last months in office, including interviews with Trump and members of his family.
Kinzinger, in an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” declined to disclose the new information he referenced and did not say who provided it. He said many more details emerged after Hutchinson’s testimony last week and that nothing had changed the commission’s confidence in its credibility.
In a separate interview, another committee member, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.: “We’re following additional leads. I think those leads will lead to new testimonials.”
In Hutchinson’s appearance before the committee last week, Hutchinson painted a picture of Trump as an angry, rebellious president trying to get armed supporters to avoid security screenings during a rally on the morning of January 6 to protest his 2020 election defeat against Democrat Joe Biden. .
Legal experts have said Cassidy’s testimony is potentially problematic for Trump as federal prosecutors investigate possible criminal wrongdoing.
“There can be more than one criminal reference,” Cheney said in an interview that aired Sunday. She said the committee will decide later in the process whether to proceed.
Cassidy also narrated a conversation with Tony Ornato, Trump’s deputy chief of staff for operations, who, she testified, said Trump later grabbed the wheel of the presidential SUV when the Secret Service refused to let him go to the Capitol after the rally.
However, that account was quickly disputed. Bobby Engel, the Secret Service agent who controlled Trump, and Ornato are willing to testify under oath that no agent was attacked and that Trump never took the wheel, said a person familiar with the case. The person would not discuss the matter publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.
In recent days, the commission has subpoenaed former White House attorney Pat Cipollone and asked for more information from Ornato and Engel, who were previously interviewed by investigators.
The committee members hope that Cipollone will come forward.
“He clearly has information about concerns about criminal violations, concerns about the president going to the Capitol that day, concerns that the chief of staff will have blood on his hands if they don’t do more to stop that violent attack on the Capitol,” Schiff said. . “It’s hard to imagine anyone taking center stage.”
The committee also worked to set up an interview with Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. She was asked to speak to the committee after revelations of her communications with Trump’s team leading up and the day of the Capitol uprising.
Kinzinger appeared on CNN’s “State of the Union”, Schiff was on CBS’ “Face the Nation”, and Cheney appeared on ABC’s “This Week”.