Democrats in Washington DC have long insisted that they wouldn’t be using their select committee meant for investigating the events of January 6th to become a political weapon, or that it would simply be a retrial of then-President Trump’s second impeachment, but if there’s one thing that we know about political theater, it’s that we can trust no one.
Now, as a Congressional select committee prepares to convene on the subject, there seems to be a vested interested in including Donald Trump squarely in the middle of the probe.
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), who is chairing the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, said former President Trump will be part of his inquiry, telling The Guardian that “nothing is off limits.”
Thompson, who also serves as the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee and authored the bill creating the independent commission, said he is prepared to depose lawmakers and senior Trump administration officials who might have taken part in the attack.
He told The Guardian that he “absolutely” intends on conducting a wide-ranging probe against Trump and some of his top allies on Capitol Hill.
There was no denying his intentions.
“The issues of January 6 are one of the most salient challenges we have as a nation, to make sure that this democracy does not fall prey to people who don’t really identify with democracy,” Thompson told the news outlet.
He said Trump and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy are among the key witnesses in the investigation, largely because the California Republican was on the phone with Trump when the attack was taking place.
“There will not be a reluctance on the part of the committee to pursue it,” Thompson said, referring to McCarthy’s call. “The committee will want to know if there is a record of what was said.”
Donald Trump’s second impeachment came as Democrats accused him of “inciting an insurrection” on January 6th, but the then-Commander in Chief was acquitted in the Senate trial.