AG Merrick Garland is watching the Jan. 6 Capitol House hearings very closely. The panel is focused on whether or not former President Donald Trump was involved in an insurrection. The House Select Committee has been laying out its case that Trump pursued a multi-part strategy that included whipping up supporters to violence.
Pressured as to what the Justice Department’s intentions are, Garland will not rule out Trump being prosecuted.
The final hearings for the first phase took place last week. Members of the committee have been presenting a timeline of events, playing back both heroic and horrific moments. But even if the House Select Committee is right, many are arguing that there is no concrete criminal case against Trump. Nonetheless, the House Select Committee’s findings should provide the Attorney General with a roadmap to proceed.
The House January 6 Committee Hearings have focused on a series of incidents involving President Donald Trump’s associates and campaign members. The first hearing focused on the allegations of a “coup” and a “misinformation campaign.” It also focused on Rudy Giuliani’s actions on election night, when he told the President to declare victory despite the fact it clearly wasn’t true.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren echoed that sentiment, saying that the American public needs to know what happened on January 6. She urged the committee to interview Mr. Scavino, to gather documents, and to take steps to hold him accountable if he doesn’t cooperate with the investigation.
In the House Committee, Rep. Adam Schiff and Rep. Jamie Raskin argued that Trump attempted to conspire with election officials in order to win the presidency in 2020. They discussed the evidence that shows that Trump allegedly attempted to steal the election, and that the President’s aides tampered with the process and witnesses. The Committee has extended the deadline for presenting evidence in the investigation.