Things are looking bad for Donald Trump’s little posse of House Republicans. Not only did the ex-president manage to hurl up to 10,000 of his followers to storm the Capitol Building, he had his band of inside con artists. But these representatives’ days of fouled excitement and helping instigate a hostile takeover of our democracy are numbered.
Perhaps, they did not consider Trump could lose. Maybe, they just never thought that far ahead. The January 6 failed coup could easily end up in charges of treason. If these Republicans thought they could pull a Trump, they were sadly mistaken.
CNN interviewed the Chair of the House Select Committee Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS). He confirmed that his committee was ready to send out around 200 letters to the communications and social media companies:
‘In terms of telecom companies, they’re the ones that pretty much you already know, the major networks, the social media platforms, those kinds of things.’
‘I can tell you that we’ll look at everything that will give us information on what happened on January 6. We will look at all records at some point.’
Thompson said getting the phone records was the first step in the investigation. From there, the committee members could easily provide a rich trough of witnesses. He plans to send the letters to the companies this week. Then he hopes to issue subpoenas by the month’s end.
The feisty Chihuahua of the Trumpetts, Ohio Representative Jim Jordan (R), warned the committee that should it get his records, there might be “political retribution.” But he added:
‘I’ve got nothing to hide. I’ve said that along, I’ve nothing to hide.’
We already know that a number of GOP legislators including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Jordan already admitted they talked to the former resident of the White House via phone on that terrible day. Other Republicans may have interacted with the insurrectionists on that day before they stormed the Capitol and hunted Democratic leaders.
Thompson said he had a list of people his committee wanted to contact:
‘We have quite an exhaustive list of people. I won’t tell you who they are. But it’s several hundred people that make up the list of individuals we plan to contact.’
Democrats in both houses wanted an independent commission, but the Republicans blocked it. The select committee was heavily weighted for the Dems, but House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) added two Republicans.
There appeared to be “massive amounts of data, documents” and testimony open to the committee. It also could also have endless resources:
‘Initial plans involve compiling massive amounts of data, documents and eventually compelling testimony from a wide swath of potential witnesses, including members of Congress, former members of the Trump administration, and some of the hundreds of rioters who have been charged with assaulting the Capitol that day.’
Representative Jamie Raskin (D-MD) also sits on the committee. He told The POLITICO that a “set of preservation requests are going out — just to hold all relevant documents.”
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