California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff said in an interview Wednesday, Aug. 25, that the House committee he leads to investigate the Jan. 6 incidents on Capitol Hill could even subpoena the former president and other Republican lawmakers.
Responding to the MSNBC news anchor, who asked him if the investigation could come to include his own Democrat colleagues would not set a bad precedent, Schiff said:
“I can tell you the premise that you make, which is nobody is off limits here that of any member of Congress or the former administration or the former president himself, in whatever capacity that he was involved in this attack.”
“Then we are going to follow the facts to where they lead, we are going to hold people accountable, We will investigate thoroughly, and we’ll put all of this together in a comprehensive report and let the American people know who’s engaged in this attack on our democracy. In that sense, I think you are absolutely right. We can follow the facts and be comprehensive, and nobody gets a pass,” the Democrat added.
The investigation of the commission, which since its formation generated a serious dispute between Democrats and Republicans because House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected the Republicans nominated by leader Kevin McCarthy to be part of the commission, requested records of phone calls and tours made to Congress days before January 6.
The statements by Adam Schiff, the ranking member of the House intelligence committee, come days after the FBI released its report on the Jan. 6 demonstration on Capitol Hill.
According to Reuters, the FBI found no evidence that the demonstration, which culminated in a group of protesters forcibly entering the grounds, was centrally coordinated.
The Reuters report indicates that despite the FBI having arrested more than 570 alleged participants, the agency does not believe the violence was centrally coordinated by supporters of then-President Donald Trump or right-wing groups, as initially thought.
“’Ninety to ninety-five percent of these are one-off cases,’ said a former senior law enforcement official with knowledge of the investigation. ‘Then you have five percent, maybe, of these militia groups that were more closely organized. But there was no grand scheme with Roger Stone and Alex Jones and all of these people to storm the Capitol and take hostages,'” Reuters said in its report.
Unexpected twists in the investigation
The FBI’s conclusion certainly paints a different picture than initially claimed by Democrats and the mainstream media, who have been criticized for blowing the facts out of proportion.
Rep. Schiff’s statements about the possibility of subpoenaing the former president do not appear to reflect the FBI’s findings, which ,were presented to the Democrat-led committee according to Reuters.
Even while out of office, Former President Donald Trump was impeached by Democrats for the second time for his alleged role in the January 6 incidents.
Trump was acquitted because no evidence was found that he incited his supporters to use violence to storm the congressional grounds or overthrow the government.
At a congressional hearing on May 12, Trump’s former Pentagon chief, Christopher Miller, said that the former president requested the National Guard for Jan. 6 to ensure that the rally went off without incident, but his orders were not carried out on time.
Another unexpected twist in the development of the investigation occurred last August 21 when justice announced the acquittal of the policeman who killed the war veteran and Trump supporter, Ashli Babbit, while she was trying to enter, unarmed, one of the halls of Congress.