Schiff Notifies Trump That Allies Are Giving Info To Jan. 6 Committee

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During an appearance on CNN’s State of the Union this Sunday, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), who serves on the House committee investigating the Capitol riot, provided a snapshot of the current status of that committee’s investigation — and clearly reiterated that the panel intends to keep pursuing leads that involve former President Donald Trump himself. That’s despite the fact, Schiff noted, that Trump and certain people in his circles have sought to obstruct the course of the investigation. Trump himself, for instance, has filed a lawsuit seeking to block records from his administration from getting to the riot investigation committee from the National Archives.

There are still open questions, Schiff said, connected to Trump. For example, what exactly was he doing at the White House as the violence unfolded at the Capitol? Committee vice chair Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) has previously said that investigators “must also know what happened every minute of that day in the White House — every phone call, every conversation, every meeting — leading up to, during, and after the attack.” On CNN, Schiff said as follows:

‘I think among the most important questions that we’re investigating is the complete role of the former president — that is, what did he know in advance about the propensity for violence that day? Was this essentially the backup plan for the failed litigation around the country? Was this something that was anticipated? How was it funded? What did the funders know about what was likely to happen that day? And what was the president’s response as the attack was going on, as his own vice president was being threatened?.. We are determined to get answers.’

Schiff also indicated that the committee’s investigative efforts have, in a broad sense, been successful. Investigators have heard from over 200 witnesses across the probe so far. As Schiff explained:

‘For everyone who is trying to obstruct, like the former President, like Mr. Bannon and others, there are dozens and dozens of people who are coming forward voluntarily or who are coming forward when the committee requests that they do so, and so we are learning a great deal.’

Watch Schiff’s remarks below: