The House Select Committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol has interviewed more than 150 people so far, an aide to the Select Committee confirmed to The Hill, a sign that the panel is speaking quietly with several people while lobbying publicly for testimony from former high-ranking officials.
Rep. Liz cheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn Cheney Tucker Carlson criticizes Graham for the report that told officers to shoot the January 6 rioters CNN’s Acosta Labels Tucker Carlson January 6 series ‘Proud Boy porn’ Kinzinger criticizes the Republicans for ‘lies and conspiracy’ MORE (R-Wyo.), The panel vice chairman, said Political on Thursday the group spoke to a “full range” of people related to the January riots.
“We have actually had more than 150 interviews with a wide range of people related to the events, connected with understanding what is going on, so that gives you an idea. It’s a variety of commitments: some formal interviews, some statements, ”Cheney told Politico, which reported for the first time on the updated number of people interviewed.
He added that “there really is a lot of work going on that is leading us to real progress.”
Cheney’s comments come as the select committee is stepping up its efforts to investigate the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol.
The Hill learned that the panel will meet Friday to hear testimony from Jeffrey Clark, a former mid-level attorney for the Department of Justice (DOJ) who was involved in the former President TrumpDonald Trump Democrats pressed panic button after Virginia collapse Department of Justice, Defense and Homeland Security seeks nearly four-year sentence for former MMA fighter who struck officer on January 6 MOREefforts to persuade the Justice Department to advance its claims of voter fraud.
At least five former Trump administration employees have also spoken with the select committee on a voluntary basis, according to previous reports from CNNincluding Alyssa Farah, former director of strategic communications and assistant to the president.
While speaking to people behind the scenes, the panel has been publicly seeking testimony from several high-ranking former Trump administration officials who have yet to comply with subpoenas.
Notably, the House voted last month to keep Trump’s former chief White House strategist. Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin Bannon Citations are a real concern for lawmakers facing January 6 questions January 6 committee grants deferrals to Jeffrey Clark, Dan Scavino Sudden danger to democracy was an inside job MORE in criminal contempt for failing to respond to a subpoena within the established time frame. He refused to sit before the committee for a statement or to hand over the requested documents.
Additionally, The Hill learned last week that the panel granted a postponement to Dan Scavino, who previously served as Trump’s deputy chief of communications staff. He was originally asked to appear before the committee for a deposition on October 15.
Clark was also granted a postponement last week, but is now scheduled to appear for a deposition on Friday.
CNN previously reported that Scavino continues to “interact” with the committee.
Cheney and Rep. Bennie thompsonBennie Gordon Thompson Jan. Committee 6 Grants Postponements to Jeffrey Clark, Dan Scavino Jan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump’s attorney who advised on how to revoke the election At least five Trump administration staff have spoken with committee January 6: CNN PLUS (D-Miss.), The committee chairman, revealed in a statement earlier last month that Trump’s former White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsTrump, Jan 6 Panel Attorneys Go To Court In Executive Privilege Fight Against Georgia Secretary Of State: Trump ‘Had No Idea How Elections Work’ Trump Seeks To Block 770 Pages Of Panel Records January 6: court records MORE and Kashyap Patel, the chief of staff to then-acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller and a former House and White House staff member, were “engaged” with the panel so far.