Clyburn: Trump could be called to testify before Jan. 6 panel
House Majority Whip James Clyburn (D-S.C.) said Sunday that former President Trump could be called to testify before the new House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack “if that’s what it takes.”
“Oh, if it comes to that, they should go wherever the facts lead. They may be able to get what they want and need without him testifying,” Clyburn said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”
“I would not want to see a former president testifying in such a situation as this. But if that’s what it takes in order to get to the bottom of this, because this is more than any one person. This is this country,” he added.
On Wednesday, the House voted to create a select committee that would investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection. Only two GOP House members — Reps. Liz Cheney (Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (Ill.) — sided with their Democratic colleagues in the 222-190 vote.
House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) was chosen by Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) to lead the committee. Pelosi also named House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), House Administration Committee Chairwoman Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.), Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.), Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.), Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) and, surprising some, Cheney.
Cheney, who has accepted Pelosi’s offer, said in a statement, “What happened on January 6th can never happen again. Those who are responsible for the attack need to be held accountable and this select committee will fulfill that responsibility in a professional, expeditious, and non-partisan manner.”
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), who can pick five members for the committee, has not named anyone yet.
The select committee comes after a separate measure to create a bipartisan commission to study the Capitol breach, during which a mob of Trump supporters stormed the building in an effort to stop the certification of the 2020 Electoral College vote, failed to pass the 50-50 Senate in May.
Trump was impeached by the House for his role in inciting the riot, becoming the first U.S. president to be impeached twice. In February, he was acquitted by the Senate.