Leaders of the House committee responsible for the January 6 investigation into former President Donald Trump have rejected claims by Republican Kevin McCarthy that the 45th president had no involvement in the “riot” at the capital.
Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, the committee chairman, and GOP Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the vice chairwoman, released a joint statement in response to a recent interview that the California Republican conducted with the Bakersfield-anchored NBC affiliate KGET-TV”, according to an article put out by Business Insider earlier this week. During the interview, McCarthy made the case that after the alleged “insurrection”, the FBI and Senate conducted a full investigation into the former President’s link to the incident and found no connection.
“Well, you know what’s interesting about that? … The FBI has investigated this,” McCarthy said. “The Senate had bipartisan committees. And you know what they found? That there is no involvement.” Cheney and Thompson shot down the claim, saying that the information was put out by an anonymous source with no validity to the claim.
“Minority Leader McCarthy … has suggested, based on an anonymous report, that the Department of Justice has concluded that Donald Trump did not cause, incite, or provoke the violence on January 6th,” the statement read.
“When this anonymous report was first published, the Select Committee queried the Executive Branch agencies and congressional committees involved in the investigation. We’ve received answers and briefings from the relevant entities, and it’s been made clear to us that reports of such a conclusion are baseless.”
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