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The riots of January 6, 2021 are still being felt more than a year later, and the investigation into former President Donald Trump is still ongoing.
United States Representative Adam Schiff is a member of the House committee investigating the incident.
He asks the jury to make a unanimous decision on a criminal remand over Trump’s relationship with the riots.
“We operate with a high degree of consensus and unanimity,” Schiff said on Sunday.
“It will be certainly, I think, my recommendation, my feeling, that we should make referrals, but we will get to a decision as a committee, and we will all abide by that decision, and I will join our committee members if they feel differently.”
Agreements and division
The bipartisan committee reached broad consensus earlier this year that Trump was proposing a plot to prevent the transfer of power after the 2020 election.
However, speakers were divided on what to do about it.
According to four sources involved in the commission, they were divided on whether or not to criminally refer Trump to the Justice Department or take other measures.
The internal debate went public in June when the committee chair, Mississippi Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson, spoke to a group of reporters.
He told them the panel would not issue criminal credentials. Thompson’s statement was quickly rejected by several committee members.
On Sunday, Schiff said he would not release information about the subject matter of Wednesday’s select committee public hearing.
The hearing will likely be the last until the jury releases its final report.
“I think it’ll be potentially more sweeping than some of the other hearings,” he said.
“But it too will be in a very thematic – it will tell the story about a key element of Donald Trump’s plot to overturn the election.”
Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Jan. 6 panelist, said Sunday the upcoming public hearing would reveal “details” the committee learned at its August hearing.
Raskin said he expects Wednesday’s hearings to be the final presentation of his investigations and hopes the committee will hold a hearing to make recommendations to Congress.
He also said the purpose of the hearing was for panelists to reveal new findings in the study to complement the larger story presented in previous hearings.
“I think we’ve gotten a lot of information out,” said Democratic Rep. Zoe Lofgren of California.
“But I think it’s highly unlikely that the final report could be done before early November.”
“It’s a huge amount of information,” she added. “We’re working hard to put it together.”
“It may be possible to provide discrete pieces of evidence that have not yet been in the public arena, we’re not sure yet.”
Logren also said advisers to former Vice President Mike Pence rejected his earlier proposal to give “due consideration” to an invitation to testify before the panel.
She warned that the commission wouldn’t have time for a “subpoena fight” with Pence or Trump before the end of the year.
“Given that select committees of this Congress – not just this select committee but all select committees – exist only for the life of the Congress,” Logren explained.
“If we were trying to get into a subpoena fight with either the former vice president of the former President, that litigation could not be concluded during the life of this Congress.”
When asked if the commission had received any information about the unrest, Schiff said the panel was still working on it.
“We are still going through them because they are very voluminous,” said Schiff.
“I will say they’re not a substitute for having the text messages that were apparently erased from those devices, and we are still investigating how that came about and what that came about.”
“And I hope and believe that the Justice Department on that issue is also looking at whether laws were broken and the destruction of that evidence,” he added.
“But we do have a mountain of information that we need to go through.”
Thompson also said the texts that were handed over were “primarily” from the day before and during the riots.
Democratic Rep. Pete Aguilar of California, a committee member, pointed to the jury’s desire to receive additional testimony from former Deputy Director of Intelligence Tony Ornato.
Ornato retired in August.
“We remain deeply wanting to hear from him,” said Aguilar.
Ornato has met with the committee twice, but has not consented to a meeting since Cassidy Hutchinson.
Hutchinson is a former White House aide, and told Ornato he told her Trump was furious when he learned his security wouldn’t send him to the Capitol uprising.
Schiff says any criminal referral for Trump by the January 6 committee should be decided unanimously