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06-2022

GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger: More Witnesses, Evidence Surface In January 6 Investigation

GOP Rep.  Adam Kinzinger: More Witnesses, Evidence Surface In January 6 Investigation

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) – More evidence is emerging in the House’s January 6 inquiry supporting recent evidence that President Donald Trump wanted to join an angry mob that marched to the Capitol where they rioted. committee member said Sunday.

“There will be a lot more information and stay tuned,” says Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.

The committee has intensified its years-long investigation into the January 6, 2021 attack and intensified Trump’s efforts to overthrow the 2020 election. Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., The committee’s vice chair, makes it clear that criminal references to the Department of Justice, including against Trump, could follow.

At least two further hearings are scheduled this month aimed at showing how Trump illegally directed a violent crowd to the Capitol on January 6, and then did not act quickly to stop the attack once it began.

The committee also reviewed new documentary footage from Trump’s last months in office, including interviews with Trump and members of his family.

Kinzinger declined to disclose the new information he referred to in a television interview and did not say who provided it. He said many more details came to light after last week’s testimony from former White House assistant Cassidy Hutchinson and that nothing had changed the committee’s confidence in her credibility.

“There’s information I can not yet say,” he said. “We would definitely say that Cassidy Hutchinson testified under oath, we find her credible, and anyone who wants to disapprove of it, who was present first hand, should also testify under oath and not by anonymous sources.”

Kinzinger also said Sunday more witnesses have come forward since Hutchinson testified.

“It happens every day,” Kinzinger told Nation World News’s “State of the Union.” “Every day we get new people coming forward and saying, ‘Hey, I did not think this piece of the story I knew was important.

In a separate interview, another committee member, Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, said: “We are following additional clues. I think those clues will lead to new evidence.”

In Hutchinson’s appearance before the committee last week, Hutchinson painted a picture of Trump as an angry, defiant president who tried to avoid armed security demonstrations at a rally on the morning of January 6 to end his 2020 election defeat. to protest the Democrat Joe. Biden.

Legal experts said Cassidy’s testimony is potentially problematic for Trump as federal prosecutors investigate possible criminal offenses.

“There could be more than one criminal reference,” Cheney said in an interview aired Sunday. She said the committee would decide or continue later in the process.

Cassidy also recounted a conversation with Tony Ornato, Trump’s deputy chief of staff for operations, who, she testified, said Trump later grabbed the steering wheel of the presidential sports utility vehicle when the Secret Service refused to take him to the Capitol. to let go after the rally.

However, that account was quickly disputed. Bobby Engel, the secret service agent who ran Trump, and Ornato are willing to testify under oath that no agent was assaulted and Trump never jumped on the steering wheel, a person familiar with the matter said. The person did not want to discuss the matter in public and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The committee has in recent days sued former White House lawyer Pat Cipollone and sought more information from Ornato and Engel, who had previously been questioned by investigators.

Committee members hope Cipollone will come forward.

“He clearly has information about concerns about criminal transgressions, concerns about the president going to the Capitol that day, concerns about the chief of staff who has blood on his hands when they did nothing more to stop that violent attack on the Capitol. ” Schiff said. “It’s hard to imagine someone more in the middle of things.”

The committee also worked on setting 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 announcing her communication with Trump’s team in the run-up to and day of the uprising at the Capitol.

Kinzinger appeared on Nation World News’s “State of the Union,” Schiff appeared on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” and Cheney appeared on ABC’s “This Week.”

For full coverage of the January 6 hearings, go to https://www.apnews.com/capitol-siege

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