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'Floodgates' Opened in Jan. 6 Probe

Lawmakers on the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol are continuing to expand their probe ahead of more hearings in September, as they review more information and new witnesses testify behind closed doors on Capitol Hill, Wall Street Journal reports. Rep. Liz Cheney (R., Wyo.), the panel’s vice chair, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” that the committee has a number of new interviews lined up next, including with additional members of former President Donald Trump’s cabinet and his campaign.

“Certainly we’re very focused as well on the Secret Service and on interviewing additional members of the Secret Service and collecting additional information from them,” Cheney said. The Secret Service has come under scrutiny over agents’ potentially having deleted text messages from Jan. 5 and 6, 2021. Questions about the agency’s actions surfaced following testimony last month by Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House aide, who said under oath that she had been told Trump was so determined to accompany protesters to the Capitol on Jan. 6 that he lunged toward a Secret Service official in his presidential vehicle and grabbed for the steering wheel.

Cheney added that the committee also is engaged in conversations with the legal counsel for conservative activist Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, in an effort to get her to answer questions related to her communications with Trump’s then-chief of staff, Mark Meadows, and lawyer John Eastman about overturning President Biden’s 2020 election victory. “The floodgates have opened,” said Rep. Elaine Luria (D., Va.), a Jan. 6 committee member, on “Meet the Press.” Luria said the committee originally thought Thursday’s prime-time hearing would be the last one, “but so many more witnesses have come forward,” and the panel is receiving and requesting new information. “I mean, there’s still so much out there that we don’t fully understand yet,” she said. Thursday’s hearing provided witness testimony showing that, despite urgent pleas by senior White House officials and his own family, Trump refused for hours to issue a statement telling his followers to leave the Capitol.


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