According to the committee’s deputy chair, the panel looking into the attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, expects to question more officials of Donald Trump’s cabinet and campaign as well as U.S. Secret Service agents in the following weeks, Reuters reported.
The panel depicted the former president as responsible for the attack on the Capitol in eight hearings held over the course of six weeks, featuring testimony from former White House officials and Trump associates. This was done in an effort to maintain power after Trump lost the 2020 presidential election. The hearings have also discussed Trump and his allies’ attempts to get the election results annulled.
Cheney stated that although the committee has not yet made a decision, “it is definitely something we are looking at,” on whether to send Trump’s behavior to the American Justice Department for possible criminal investigation.
As more members of the administration have come out, Cheney said that the testimony of Trump’s advisers has made way for more evidence. Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, is also a subject of the committee’s ongoing request for an interview on her involvement in Trump’s efforts to rig the election; if necessary, Cheney added, the committee may issue a subpoena for her testimony.
The Secret Service’s deletion of text conversations will be investigated, according to Cheney, who also noted that the organization had not cooperated as much as was anticipated.
The Secret Service was served with a subpoena earlier this month by the committee, which was looking into claims made by a watchdog that text communications from January 5 and 6, 2021 had been deleted.
During a system migration that was started before the watchdog’s request, the Secret Service claimed that data from certain phones had been lost. The committee requested further information after it was given certain records to give to the panel on Wednesday.