Jan. 6: Raskin says select committee will release report ‘by end of year’

“Well, definitely by the end of the year, because we’re like Cinderella at midnight,” Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin told CBS’ “Face the Nation.” “Our license expires at the end of the year, but under House Resolution 503 it is an important part of our responsibility, to report to the American people on how to prevent coups. , insurgencies, political violence and attacks on our democratic process in the future.”

CNN reported in July that sources said the bipartisan committee had already begun drafting its report, but there was still much debate about where to go next. A key question the panel will have to answer is whether the report should include a criminal reference from former President Donald Trump.

Most members of the select committee believe public hearings held earlier this year made it clear that Trump committed a crime for his role before and on Jan. 6, but believe it is up to the Justice Department to prosecute further. .

“I would say (Thomas) has relevant testimony to give, and she should come forward and give it. I don’t want to overstate her role,” he said. “We’ve spoken to over 1,000 people, but we’d love to hear from Gingrich and we’d love to hear from her as well.”

The committee wants to know more about communications Gingrich had with senior Trump White House advisers about television ads that relied on false claims about the election.

And Jan. 6 panelists also pressed for testimony from Thomas, whose support for efforts to reverse Trump’s 2020 election defeat has come under intense scrutiny given her husband’s involvement in a case in the United States Supreme Court regarding the select committee’s investigation. One of her lawyers said in a June letter to the panel that he “does not believe there is currently a sufficient basis to speak to” the conservative activist.
Meanwhile, Raskin said he hoped the committee would receive voluntary testimony from former Vice President Mike Pence, whose potential cooperation with lawmakers would make him the most high-profile witness in the inquiry and could further expose Trump’s plan to undo his 2020 election defeat.

“I think he has a lot of relevant evidence, and I hope he comes forward and testifies to what happened,” Raskin said. “We’re trying to get everyone to come forward voluntarily. … I guess he’s going to come forward and testify voluntarily.”

Pence said last month he would give “due consideration” to any formal invitation to testify before the committee, while hinting at possible executive privilege issues. A person familiar with Pence’s thinking cautioned against reading too much of his remarks.

CNN’s Annie Grayer, Zachary Cohen, Sara Murray and Athena Jones contributed to this report.

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