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Jan. 6 panel deepens probe to Trump Cabinet, awaits Thomas

Jan. 6 panel deepens probe to Trump Cabinet, awaits Thomas

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Jan. 6 committee said Sunday it will meeting additional former Cabinet secretaries with every one other accompanied by is prepared to subpoena conservative activist Virginia "Ginni" Thomas, who's married to Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, while small portion of its investigation of the Capitol riot with every one other accompanied by Donald Trump's role.

Lawmakers said they are deepening their question following a series of eight hearings inside June with every one other accompanied by July culminating inside a prime-time meeting Thursday, accompanied by plans to meeting additional witnesses with every one other accompanied by reconvening inside September to resume laying not here their findings to the public.

"We expect talking to additional members of the president's Cabinet," said Rep. Liz Cheney, the committee's vice chair. "We expect talking to additional members of his campaign. Certainly, we're extremely focused while well on the Secret Service."

Cheney, R-Wyo., did not identify the Trump management officials who strength go nearer forward, nevertheless the committee has formerly made understandable its attentiveness inside speaking accompanied by those believed to have considered invoking a constitutional procedure inside the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office following the riot on Jan. 6, 2021, when hundreds of Trump's supporters violently stormed the Capitol with every one other accompanied by interrupted the certification of Joe Biden's election.

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The committee has aired testimony from former Attorney General William Barr, who said he told Trump that widespread voter fraud claims were "bull——" with every one other accompanied by had "zero basis." In last week's hearing, the committee played testimony from then-Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, who said he urged Trump to call a Cabinet gathering to talk over an orderly alter of power.

Other Cabinet members have indicated they may have important details to share.

Betsy DeVos, the education secretary at the time, formerly told USA Today that she raised accompanied by Vice President Mike Pence the question whether the Cabinet should believe concerning invoking the 25th Amendment, which would have required the vice president with every one other accompanied by the majority of the Cabinet to concur that the president could no indeed longer fulfill his duties.

DeVos, inside her resignation letter on Jan. 7, 2021, blamed Trump for inciting the mob. "There is no indeed mistaking the impact your rhetoric had on the situation, with every one other accompanied by it is the inflection point for me," she wrote.

On the same day, Elaine Chao quit while transportation secretary. Chao, who is married to Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, said the assault had "has greatly troubled me inside a way that I simply cannot place aside."

Mike Pompeo, the secretary of condition at the hour dated who is considering a 2024 presidential run, with every one other accompanied by Steven Mnuchin, Trump's treasury secretary, too were reported to have discussed the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment, according to Jonathan Karl of ABC News inside his book "Betrayal."

"The floodgates have opened," said Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., concerning the following phase of its investigation.

Committee members too hope to learn additional concerning Ginni Thomas' own attempt to retain Trump inside office with every one other accompanied by the potential conflicts of attentiveness for Clarence Thomas while a consequence on Jan. 6 cases that have go nearer earlier to the Supreme Court. The committee sent a letter to Ginni Thomas last month seeking an meeting with every one other accompanied by hopes she will comply, Cheney said.

Thomas communicated accompanied by people inside Trump's orbit ahead of the 2021 assault with every one other accompanied by too on the day of the insurrection.

"We certainly hope that she will concur to go nearer inside voluntarily," Cheney said. "But the committee is completely prepared to contemplate a subpoena if she does not."

Cheney too said that while the committee hasn't decided whether to build a criminal referral concerning Trump to the Justice Department, "that's completely something we're looking at."

Added Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.: "I certainly believe there's proof of crimes with every one other accompanied by I believe it goes all the way up to Donald Trump."

While a possible Trump prosecution is a matter for the department, the committee has used its hearing to try to build a instance concerning his political viability while he mulls running inside 2024. Some of the most damning testimony aired by the committee has go nearer from Trump's own top Republican advisers, military leaders with every one other accompanied by confidants, who admitted to a mislaying of trust inside his discernment with every one other accompanied by dedication to the regulation of rules and regulations inside the days leading up to with every one other accompanied by following the Jan. 6 attack.

The committee too wants to obtain to the foot of lost Secret Service texts from Jan. 5-6, 2021, that could have shed further illumination on Trump's actions throughout the insurrection, mainly following earlier testimony concerning his confrontation accompanied by safety while he tried to fasten supporters at the Capitol.

Lawmakers too are attentive inside hearing from Steve Bannon, a Trump associate who was found culpable last week on criminal contempt of Congress charges for refusing to comply accompanied by the House committee's subpoena.

Cheney spoke on CNN's "State of the Union" with every one other accompanied by "Fox News Sunday," Kinzinger appeared on ABC's "This Week," with every one other accompanied by Luria was on NBC's "Meet the Press."

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AP Congressional Correspondent Lisa Mascaro with every one other accompanied by Associated Press author Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this report.

Jan. 6 panel deepens probe to Trump Cabinet, awaits Thomas

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