(Washington) New twist in the investigation into the Capitol storming: Due to his multiple exchanges with Donald Trump that day, the leader of the Republicans in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, received a subpoena on Thursday before the commission responsible for investigating the events of January 6, 2021.
This parliamentary committee, made up of a majority of Democrats, seeks to shed light on the exact actions of Donald Trump before and during the storming of the Capitol, during which thousands of supporters of the former leader marched on the seat of the US Congress to try to block certification of Joe Biden’s election.
“Kevin McCarthy was in communication with President Trump before, during and after the attack on January 6th”, details the commission to justify this injunction.
“Mr. McCarthy also claimed to have had a discussion with the President immediately following the assault, during which President Trump acknowledged some form of responsibility for this attack,” she continued in a statement.
Four other Republicans in the House, including the elected Jim Jordan, known for his excesses and his absolute loyalty to Donald Trump, are targeted by these injunctions to testify.
The so-called “January 6th” commission has already heard from hundreds of witnesses, including Ivanka Trump, the former president’s daughter, and her husband, Jared Kushner, both close advisers to Donald Trump when he was to the White House.
She wants to finish her work at all costs before the mid-term legislative elections in November. If Democrats lose control of the House on the ballot, the commission risks being disbanded by Republicans. She plans to hold public hearings in June.
The New York Times also reported on Thursday that federal prosecutors are conducting a grand jury-supervised investigation into Donald Trump’s handling of some of his official documents, which he is accused of willfully neglecting or misplacing.
Some of these documents, since recovered by the National Archives, have been turned over to the “January 6” commission.
At the same time, a host of federal agents embark on a huge investigation to find the individuals who directly participated in the assault on the Capitol.
To date, some 810 people have been arrested and the majority have been charged, according to data released Thursday by the US Department of Justice.
The majority of those involved, who apparently contented themselves with wandering around the building, are prosecuted for minor offenses, such as violation of an entry ban or disturbance of public order.
280 defendants pleaded guilty.