A Democrat from South Carolina warned the previous president he will have to answer for his alleged role in the Washington riots.
Rep. James Clyburn confirmed the Democratic Party will appoint a new select committee in charge of investigating the Capitol building siege.
The House majority whip revealed he is so determined to “get to the bottom” of what happened that he is willing to resort to the extraordinary measure of summoning Donald Trump to the stand.
“I would not want to see a former president testifying in such a situation as this,” Clyburn told CNN’s “State of the Union.” “If that is what it takes in order to get to the bottom of this [then yes,] because this more than any one person.”
Clyburn made the remarks despite earlier admitting that President Trump does not necessarily have to testify at U.S. Congress.
“If it comes to that, they should go wherever the facts lead. They may be able to get what they want and need without him testifying,” he said.
The Democrats have repeatedly agitated to investigate exactly how a rowdy group of civilians smashed windows, vandalized public property, seized offices, and forced a complete evacuation of both the House and Senate on Jan. 6. The party also failed to remove President Trump from office in the U.S. Senate for the so-called incitement of insurrection charge.
Although the party had support from GOP Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) to establish the select committee, it failed to establish a larger independent bipartisan commission back in June.
Only 35 House Republicans and seven GOP senators supported the bipartisan commission, while other Republicans argued it was unnecessary, according to The Hill.
As previously reported by BL, a Morning Consult survey from late June revealed GOP voters are more likely to blame President Joe Biden and Democratic lawmakers for the Capitol riot than former President Trump and congressional Republicans.
“There has been too much focus on the January 6th events,” said two thirds of GOP voters while half of all voters disagreed.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi lately resorted to the unconventional approach of appointing GOP Rep. Cheney to lead the select committee.
All other members are Democrats including House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (Miss.), House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (Calif.), and House Administration Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (Calif.). Reps. Jamie Raskin (Md.), Elaine Luria (Va.), Stephanie Murphy (Fla.), and Pete Aguilar (Calif.) are also on the committee.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) did not name any of the five members when offered an opportunity to help decide the committee membership.
McCarthy responded to Pelosi’s choice of Cheney by expressing his disappointment that Cheney accepted such an offer from her political rival. He then accused Cheney of being closer to the Democrats than fellow Republicans.