Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said the Jan. 6 committee is examining the link between extremist groups and former President Donald Trump.
As a member of the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol, Schiff added that the committee is specifically investigating links between Trump and far-right groups The Proud Boys and Oath Keepers. Both groups were prosecuted for their involvement in and planning of the January 6 uprising, with 12 members convicted.
Two political leaders, Stewart Rhodes and Enrique Tarrio, are in prison on seditious conspiracy charges for delaying the counting of the electoral college votes for the 2020 general election.
Schiff told CBS News’ Face the Nation on Sunday that the committee had already revealed “some connections between the president, key advisers like Roger Stone and Mike Flynn, and elements of these white nationalist groups.”
He also reiterated his commitment that Trump should face the consequences of his actions — particularly those actions before, on the day before, and after January 6, 2021.
Schiff said these actions “are invoked under various criminal statutes and his conduct should be the subject of an investigation” by the Justice Department. Ultimately, that decision will fall to Attorney General Merrick Garland.
Schiff added that exploring links to far-right extremism is a “part of our investigation.” [that] continues.”
The last of eight hearings ended on Thursday. The committee promised there would be more as they conduct more interviews and gather more evidence.
“We will present new information in the fall,” confirmed Schiff.
Schiff also said the committee would subpoena Ginni Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas. Ginni Thomas’ lyrics garnered national attention after embassies showed their commitment to toppling the 2020 election.
“In a case where Congress is trying to obtain documents and those documents may be involved [Clarence Thomas’ own] Woman, that’s the line that’s been crossed,” Schiff said.
https://www.ibtimes.com.au/jan-6-committee-will-explore-trumps-connections-white-nationalism-1834113?utm_source=Public&utm_medium=Feed&utm_campaign=Distribution The January 6 committee will examine Trump’s ties to white nationalism