By Daniella Diaz and Devan Cole, CNN
Members of the House select committee investigating Jan.6 said on Sunday they held critical testimony about communications with former President Donald Trump on the day of the deadly attack.
Wyoming Representative Liz Cheney, vice-chair of the committee and one of its two Republican members, told ABC News the panel had “first-hand testimony” that during the attack the girl of Trump and then Senior Advisor Ivanka Trump asked him to intervene. And Representative Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, told CNN the panel had “significant testimony” that the White House “was ordered to do something.”
“We know her daughter – we have firsthand testimony that her daughter Ivanka has come in at least twice to ask her ‘please stop this violence’,” Cheney told ABC News. CNN Previously reported about some of these interactions, described in the book “I Alone Can Fix It” by Washington Post reporters Carol Leonnig and Philip Rucker.
Thompson told CNN’s Dana Bash on State of the Union on Sunday: “We have important testimony that leads us to believe that the White House was ordered to do something. We want to verify all of that so that when we produce our report and when we hold the hearings, the public has a chance to see for themselves. “
He added: “Well, the only thing I can say is that it’s very unusual for someone in charge of anything to watch what’s going on and not do anything.”
When asked if he believed President Trump’s actions during the insurgency warranted a criminal referral, Thompson replied, “We don’t know … If there’s anything we’re meeting with as a committee that , in our opinion, would justify a referral to the Department of Justice, we ‘I will.
Comments arrive a few days before the first anniversary of the attack, in which a pro-Trump mob temporarily defeated law enforcement and stormed the Capitol, attacking officers and destroying parts of the iconic building. The chaos that followed resulted in the deaths of several people on or shortly after the attack, while several officers who responded to the Capitol during the attack later died by suicide.
Thompson’s committee is investigating the attack and the events leading up to it since the start of the year. Much of the committee’s work at this point has taken place behind closed doors, and an interim report on its findings is not expected until the summer.
The president said on Sunday that the panel had “some concerns” about potential financial fraud by Trump and his allies around the insurgency.
“It is of great concern to us that people are fundraising for an activity and that we cannot find the money spent on that particular activity,” he said. “So we’ll continue to look at it, and funding is one of those things that we’ll continue to look at very closely.
He also wouldn’t say whether the panel is considering subpoenaing members of Congress, such as Trump’s allied representative Jim Jordan of Ohio, to cooperate with the committee.
“I hope the people who have taken the oath of office as a member of Congress would come forward,” he said. “That’s why we asked them to come voluntarily.
Thompson said the panel was still working on testimonies and witness documents on the makeshift “war room” at the Willard Hotel in DC which was run by Trump allies Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon on the day of the show. attack.
“Part of our job is trying to get access to the records that day, who paid for it. Bernie Kerik is important. He has started to cooperate with our committee, we look forward to this cooperation to continue, ”he said. “The hotel has been asked to provide information for us, so we are in the process of doing our investigation. “
CNN previously reported that Kerik, the former New York City Police Commissioner, posted public emails showing him cutting payments for a suite of rooms at the hotel, where the post-election “war room” operated. Trump, and asking Giuliani to take part of the note.
During the ABC interview, Cheney reiterated strong reservations about Trump’s suitability for a future job.
“Any man who does not, any man who provokes a violent assault on the Capitol to stop the counting of the electoral votes, any man who watches television while the police are beaten, as his supporters invade the Capitol. United States, is clearly unfit for a future position, ”Cheney said. “It is clear that he will never be able to be near the Oval Office again. “
When asked if she thought the committee’s investigation and report might change her mind, Cheney said she was hopeful because the work is being done on a bipartisan basis.
“It really is a group that brings together a group of us who have very different political views, but who come together when the issues relate to the defense of the Constitution, and so that gives me hope,” she declared.
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