Another Top Trump Ally Caves & Cooperates With Jan. 6 Committee

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Top Trump ally Jason Miller has begun cooperating with the House committee investigating the Capitol riot, and now, an NBC report says that an appearance by Miller in front of the panel that had been scheduled for Friday has been postponed amid contacts between the committee’s team and Miller. In a previous public announcement of a subpoena for Miller, the riot investigation committee zeroed in on the fact that he’d apparently “participated in a meeting on January 5th, 2021 at the Willard Hotel in Washington, D.C., in which [Rudy] Giuliani, Stephen Bannon, and others discussed options for overturning the results of the November 2020 election by, among other things, pressuring Vice President Pence to not certify the electoral college results.”

The committee has cast a broad investigative net, seeking to ascertain not just the circumstances of the violence that unfolded at the Capitol but what led up to it. That range includes efforts by former President Trump and certain allies of his to undercut and throw out the outcome of the 2020 presidential election, which the ex-president continues to claim — with no legitimate, supporting evidence — was somehow rigged for Joe Biden.

Miller isn’t the only individual from Trump’s circles who’s decided to cooperate. Overall, the panel has heard from nearly 300 witnesses and counting, and even those who’ve turned uncooperative have produced results. Before former Trump White House official Mark Meadows turned against the committee (again), he provided it with troves of evidence outlining involvement by individuals in the Trump administration in efforts to go after the election outcome. As Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the riot investigation committee’s vice chair, put it to observers this week:

‘The investigation is firing on all cylinders. Do not be misled: President Trump is trying to hide what happened on January 6th and to delay and obstruct. We will not let that happen. The truth will come out.’

The Justice Department’s work to handle the fallout of January 6 is also continuing. Even now, over 11 months after the attack on the Capitol, new criminal cases against individuals involved in the violence are continuing to emerge. Just this week, Michigan resident Tim Boughner was arrested on charges including assaulting police at the Capitol with a dangerous weapon: a serious allegation that carries the apparent possibility of up to 20 years in prison, if convicted — and that’s not even his only charge.