Raskin said that he and others Members of the January 6 committee were able to piece together some of Trump’s activities during this period based on interviews and testimony from others, but holes to stay.
“It’s a very unusual thing for us to see that suddenly everything goes black for a period of seven hours in terms of tracking the president’s movements and conversations,” Raskin said.
Asked if the discrepancy could be due to incompetence rather than conspiracy, Raskin said the committee took this into account. He added, however, that “the loopholes are oddly suited to the heart of events” on January 6, including when several lawmakers later said they were begging Trump to intervene.
Raskin noted that the committee was aware that the president had participated in calls during this time, “but we don’t have a complete and accurate picture of what was going on during this time, and we’re obviously very interested in that.”
Earlier this year, the National Archives and Records Administration gave the committee 11 pages of White House documents from that day, including the president’s official daily log and White House switchboard call logs.
Raskin added that the committee’s mission is to get “the full picture” of everything that happened on January 6, as well as what needs to be done “to fortify democratic institutions and processes against future insurgencies. and coups and attempts at destabilization and overthrow”. our elections.
Raskin said he hoped the committee would be able to begin holding long-delayed public hearings in May and was looking for links between the violent insurgency on Capitol Hill and what he called the “coup attempt.” interior” orchestrated by Trump against the Constitution.
“I’m confident that we’re going to be able to tell this story,” Raskin said, adding, “Obviously we’re facing a lot of hurdles now.”
Last week, the committee voted to hold two other former Trump aides — former director of commerce and manufacturing Peter Navarro and former communications chief Daniel Scavino Jr. — in criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with committee subpoenas. Raskin said the House would likely vote this week on whether to refer Navarro and Scavino to the Justice Department for prosecution.
Like Trump and a string of other former aides, Navarro and Scavino tried to claim they were protected by executive privilege and that the subpoenas were an excess on the committee’s part. They are among the latest senior Trump White House officials to face repercussions for refusing to comply with the committee’s Jan. 6 subpoenas.
Mark Meadows, a former Trump White House chief of staff, also refused to cooperate with the committee, leading the House to vote to hold him in contempt of Congress as well in December.
Asked about the judge’s comments on Sunday, Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.), who has frequently defended Trump and voted to acquit him in his impeachment trials, was evasive.
“Well, the federal judges say a lot of things and we’ll see how it goes through the process,” Blunt said. said on ABC News’ “This Week.” “I think the Department of Justice has a job to do and should do it and those involved in planning or carrying out illegal activities on January 6 should be prosecuted.”
Bob Woodward and Robert Costa contributed to this report.