Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) on Tuesday stated the upcoming listening to of the Home choose committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol will embrace new, “fairly shocking” materials.
The Thursday listening to is not going to solely deal with ties these in former President Donald Trump’s orbit needed to extremist teams, Lofgren stated, but additionally take a look at what the president’s intentions and actions have been general.
“We’re going to be going by means of, actually a few of what we’ve already discovered, however augmenting with new materials that we’ve found by means of our work all through this summer season,” Lofgren told CNN’s “Situation Room.”
“Will probably be value watching. There’s some new materials, , that I discovered as we received into it, fairly shocking,” Lofgren continued.
Pressed to specify who in Trump’s circle was in contact with these far-right organizations, Lofgren supplied: “The mob was led by some extremist teams. They plotted upfront what they have been going to do and people people have been recognized to individuals within the Trump orbit.”
Outdoors of the committee, Elmer Stewart Rhodes, the founding father of the Oath Keepers extremist group, and 4 different members are presently on trial on seditious conspiracy expenses for his or her actions associated to the Jan. 6 rebellion.
Final week, a former member of the Oath Keepers, testified in court docket that Rhodes was in contact with a Secret Service agent within the months main as much as the Capitol riot.
In the meantime, the Jan. 6 committee has obtained over 1,000,000 communications exchanged between Secret Service brokers earlier than and on Jan. 6, although that data doesn’t embrace textual content messages, according to NBC News.
“Whereas no extra textual content messages have been recovered, now we have offered a big degree of particulars from emails, radio transmissions, Microsoft Groups chat messages and displays that handle points of planning, operations and communications surrounding Jan. 6,” Secret Service spokesperson Particular Agent Steve Kopek informed the outlet.
Lofgren additionally informed CNN’s Wolf Blitzer the committee has been engaged on the report it plans to finish by the tip of this yr and on recommending “coverage modifications to make us safer sooner or later.”
The panel postponed the listening to, initially slated for Sept. 28, after Hurricane Ian made landfall in Florida.
A day later, Ginni Thomas, the spouse of conservative Supreme Courtroom Justice Clarence Thomas, appeared in individual to a closed-door Jan. 6 listening to throughout which she stated she had not mentioned any points across the 2020 presidential election along with her husband.
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the committee’s chairman, additionally stated Thomas testified she believed the fraudulent declare that the election was stolen.
In the meantime, Thompson on Tuesday stated he obtained a “suspicious package deal” in his Washington workplace.
“All of the staffers in my workplace are secure,” he wrote on Twitter, linking to an NBC Information article detailing the incident.
The U.S. Capitol Police additionally issued a press release, with out mentioning Thompson, saying congressional workers discovered a “letter with regarding language.”
“We simply screened it and decided it to not have something harmful inside,” they stated, including that the pressure is working to determine the sender.