The Democratic chair of the House committee investigating the events of Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol suggested Sunday that subpoenaing former President Donald Trump is well withing the realm of possibility.
Ever since Jan. 6, many Democrats have claimed Trump, who spoke at a rally protesting the certification of the election results prior to the rioting at the Capitol, was responsible for what happened that day.
“When will you subpoena President Trump himself? Have you seen any — any direct line to him?” CBS host Margaret Brennan asked Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the Jan. 6 Select Committee, on “Face the Nation.”
Thompson did not give a definitive response. However, he would not rule out subpoenaing the former president.
“Well, let me say that nobody’s off-limits,” the Mississippi Democrat said. “We will be on an ongoing basis issuing subpoenas to various individuals around the country.
“If we have enough evidence, and — and obviously we are pursuing evidence, but if the evidence leads to former President Trump or anyone else, the committee is not resonant in pushing back on it. We will go forward with it.”
Thompson then claimed that his committee is “not trying to get ahead of the investigation.”
“So, you know, it’s — it’s — it’s an investigation,” he said. “We’re not trying to get ahead of the investigation. We’ll follow the facts and circumstances as they present themselves.”
You can watch Thompson’s full interview with CBS below:
At one point during the interview, Thompson was asked how “premeditated” he thought the Jan. 6 “attack” was.
“Well, there’s no question,” Thompson replied. “Clearly, the direction of the committee is to look at that premeditation, to make sure that we identify it, but the worst kept secret in America is that Donald Trump invited individuals to come to Washington on Jan. 6.”
As the Washington Examiner reported, Thompson’s committee has already subpoenaed multiple Trump allies, including Steve Bannon.
Bannon, however, has not complied with the subpoena.