The Democrat-led House select committee tasked with investigating the events that led up to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot is going all out in its efforts to nail former President Donald Trump with anything they can.
According to the Washington Examiner, while they’ve been busy requesting meetings with sitting congressmen and issuing subpoenas to former Trump associates, the committee now wants records related to a reported phone call the former president had during which he spoke about blocking the electoral vote certification process.
The phone call was reportedly made to several of the former president’s top allies at the Willard hotel prior to the Capitol riot.
In a recent interview with the Guardian, committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) expressed interest in the records pertaining to the phone call and has already devised strategies on how to obtain and investigate them.
What happened at the hotel?
The Willard hotel, which is located near the White House, was apparently the meeting spot for a number of Trump’s former allies, including names like Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Boris Epshteyn, Steve Bannon, and other associates interested in overturning the 2020 election results.
The Washington Post described the Willard hotel meeting spot as the unofficial “war room” for Trump’s allies to discuss various strategies related to the 2020 election results.
Thompson’s committee wants information related specifically to a call Trump reportedly made on Jan. 5.
The call allegedly came shortly after Trump had spoken with then-Vice President Mike Pence about the idea of stepping in an blocking the Electoral College vote certification scheduled to happen the next day — a strategy Pence rejected, claiming he didn’t have the necessary power to do so.
The phone call records are just a small portion of the hundreds of documents that the select committee has requested from the National Archives, but the requests, so far, have been unsuccessful, as Trump has argued in the courts that executive privilege protects the records from being released.
Just last week, after taking several losses in the lower courts, Trump filed a petition with the Supreme Court to make a ruling on the matter. But while it’s being litigated, the records have remained blocked for the time being.
The committee, made up of mostly Democrats and two anti-Trump Republicans, asked the high court to expedite Trump’s petition, as they believe it will speed the process along and allow them to ultimately obtain the records, based on lower court rulings.
Only time will tell if the committee finds what it’s looking for, but many political pundits have suggested that the committee is nothing more than the latest anti-Trump witch hunt.