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Rep. Zoe Lofgren provides more details on the 200+ people interviewed by Jan. 6 Select Committee

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Representative Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., said others had also volunteered to testify, but needed a subpoena in order to “cover.” However, Lofgren remained relatively silent, not saying whether they were members of the Trump White House, the Trump campaign, or the staff of former Vice President Mike Pence when pressed by CNN’s Jim Acosta.

When asked if there were people, part of the Trump administration, who spoke to us and provided important insights that led us to more questions, she said, “Let me not be specific, but let me say for sure that there have been people who are White House staff.” This week, in addition to hundreds of witness interviews, the commission received nearly 25,000 documents and obtained more than 200 tips from its information line.

Lofgren on Saturday fired former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows’ claim for an executive privilege. She confirmed that the committee had questions to Meadows not related to his conversations with former President Donald Trump, including whether Meadows used a private cell phone to communicate on January 6 and where his text messages are from that day.
Meadows, one of dozens of people summoned by the committee, including several close to Trump, did not attend because of his testimony last week. It remains to be seen whether the committee will also ask the Justice Department to pursue criminal charges against him, as it did with former Trump adviser and podcast host Steve Bannon. Unlike Bannon, who pleads not guilty to the charges, Meadows was an executive branch employee on Jan. 6, making his claims about executive privilege more substantial.

When asked if the commission had concerns about Meadows destroying evidence, Lofgren did not comment on the evidence the commission had, saying, “It would be unfair to say so. But let me just say we would like to know about his use of his own cell phone and what happened to that cell phone.” And whether the National Archives seized these records as required by law.”

Likewise, Lofgren would not comment on whether the committee had text message evidence from a ProPublica report on Donald Trump Jr’s girlfriend, Kimberly Gilfoyle, who is said to have boasted of raising millions for a Stop the Steal rally on January 6, but stressed that the committee is after the money.
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“We have a whole team of investigators tracking the money trail and we think we have a very high chance of determining who paid for what, and I think that’s an important thing for people to know,” she said.

It’s been more than 10 months since rioters stormed the US Capitol on January 6 and the House committee investigating the attack still insists it is making progress. But much of the work has been done behind closed doors, and the commission has often given vague assurances that its relentless pursuit of information from a group of witnesses, including close advisers to Trump, is yielding results.

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