“Many” of the more than 200 witnesses who testified before the Jan.6 committee were former Trump administration staff who voluntarily came forward, Representative Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) Told Jim Acosta from CNN.
“Many of them are people who were in the administration during the tenure of the former president who have information they want to give us, as well as people involved in the events leading up to [Jan. 6]. And they want to give information voluntarily, ”Lofgren said on the network on Saturday. “You know, we put the pieces together. It is laborious, but thorough, and we hope that when the process is completed we will have a very reliable and complete picture of the events leading up to this terrible day.
Lofgren declined to go further, saying exactly who these staff members were when Acosta asked if they worked in the White House for Trump or Pence, or if they were campaign staff. “Don’t allow me to be so specific, but let me say that there were certainly people in the Trump administration who spoke to us and provided us with important information that led us to other questions, ”she said.
Acosta also asked Lofgren about a recent ProPublica report that Donald Trump Jr.’s girlfriend Kimberly Guilfoyle bragged to friends via text message that she raised millions of dollars for the rally. “Stop the Steal” of January 6, which preceded the violent insurgency. – the rally where President Trump told his supporters they had to “fight like hell” or “you’re not going to have any more countries” just before walking on Capitol Hill.
“We have a whole team of investigators following the money trail and we think we have a very good chance of actually figuring out who paid what, and I think that’s an important thing for people to know.” , she said.
When Acosta asked about Trump ally Steve Bannon, who was charged last week with two counts of contempt of Congress for his refusal to comply with a January 6 subpoena, Lofgren said that Bannon has to obey the law whether he likes it or not.
“He’s a very belligerent individual and certainly thinks he’s above the law,” Lofgren said. “The Department of Justice felt the opposite, as did the committee. It is not allowed in the American justice system to just say, “I don’t want to answer any question, I don’t have to.” The law applies to all of us – the former president, Mr. Bannon, me, you. And there is no special elite that is exempt from obeying the law.