Earlier this year, the National Archives and Records Administration turned over to the committee 11 pages of White House records from that day, including Trump’s official daily diary and the White House switchboard call logs.
As first reported by The Washington Post and CBS News, those records did not include any documentation of calls placed to or by Trump from 11.17am to 6.54pm on January 6, 2021.
Raskin added that the committee’s mission was to get “a complete picture” of everything that took place on the day, as well as what needed to be done “to fortify democratic institutions and processes against future insurrections and coups and attempts to destabilise and overthrow our elections.”
Raskin said he hoped the committee would be able to begin holding long-delayed public hearings in May and was looking for connections between the violent insurrection at the Capitol and what he called the “attempt at an inside coup” orchestrated by Trump against the constitution.
“I do feel confident we’re going to be able to tell that story,” Raskin said, adding, “Obviously, we’re up against a lot of obstruction now.”
Separately, a federal judge ruled last week that Trump “more likely than not” committed federal crimes in attempting to stop the confirmation of Biden’s electoral college win.
Last week, the committee voted to hold two more former Trump aides – former trade and manufacturing director Peter Navarro and former communications chief Daniel Scavino jnr – in criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with the committee’s subpoenas. Raskin said the House probably would vote this week on whether to refer Navarro and Scavino to the Justice Department for prosecution.
Mark Meadows, a former chief of staff in the Trump White House, who previously supplied some phone of his records also refused to cooperate with the committee, leading to the House voting to hold him in contempt of Congress as well in December.
Asked about the judge’s comments on Sunday, Senator Roy Blunt, a Republican of Missouri who has defended Trump frequently and who voted to acquit him during impeachment trials, was non-committal.
“Well, federal judges say a lot of things and we’ll see how that comes through the process,” Blunt said on ABC News’ This Week, “I think the Justice Department has a job to do and they should do it and people who were involved in the planning or execution of illegal activities on January 6 should be prosecuted.”
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