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The House select committee in charge of probing the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol is already moving forward in their probe into what happened before, during, and after the riots. Former New York state prosecutor Tristan Snell says that the bipartisan committee will definitely be coming after disgraced former President Donald Trump in its investigation.
Snell weighed in on the ongoing developments in the committee’s work to examine the Capitol insurrection that left five people dead and dozens of police officers that responded seriously injured. Snell, who was the assistant attorney general for New York state and was among the lead prosecutors against Trump University, said that the bipartisan panel’s agenda for the week painted a clear picture of their objectives. The former New York state prosecutor added that the committee will be targeting the disgraced former president himself as well.
“The House Select Committee on January 6 is about to get real -- and this week proves it. A robust, comprehensive, no-stone-unturned subpoena effort is the foundation of any real investigation. And they’re going after Trump himself. That is crystal clear now,” tweeted Snell.
This follows the reveal of requests made by the panel Wednesday last week, seeking to obtain troves of documents and records from the DOJ, the DHS, the Pentagon, and even the White House. Part of the order to obtain the records also includes any communication or discussions about invoking the Insurrection Act, martial law, and attempts by the former president to stay in power even after the Inauguration on January 20.
By Friday last week, the panel also ordered 15 telecommunications and social media companies to preserve records of several individuals within the administration, including members of Congress. Among those who are known to have contacted the former president during the siege were House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Ohio Republican Rep. Jim Jordan. A recent report reveals that Jordan actually called the former president during the insurrection more than once.
The Ohio congressman confessed to Politico reporter Olivia Beavers regarding how often he contacted the disgraced former president as the riots transpired at the Capitol. “Look, I definitely spoke to the president that day. I don’t recall -- I know it was more than once, I just don’t recall the times,” said Jordan.