Thompson indicates that he will investigate Trump, members of Congress, even depose and subpoena them.
Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS02) announced today that he is dropping the lawsuit he filed, in association with the NAACP, against former President Donald Trump regarding the January 6, 2021, Capitol riots in light of his selection. as president of president Nancy. Pelosi Select Committee to further investigate the incident.
In a statement, Thompson said he wanted to avoid the appearance of a conflict of interest.
“In an effort to avoid even the appearance of a conflict, I have dismissed my claim in the lawsuit that I filed to address the events of January 6, 2021. And I will refrain from sharing the information I acquire as Chairman of the Selection Committee that has not yet it is available to the public or to members of Congress, ”said Congressman Thompson.
Thompson filed the federal lawsuit in February of this year, accusing former President Trump of inciting an insurrection on the United States Capitol and conspiring with his attorney, Rudy Giuliani, and extremist groups such as the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers to try to prevent him from Congress certifies the results of the presidential elections.
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Thompson’s lawsuit sought unspecified punitive and compensatory damages. It was introduced using a provision of the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871 that was passed in response to KKK violence and prohibits violence or intimidation in order to prevent Congress or other federal officials from carrying out their constitutional duties.
Congressman Thompson was named chair of the Pelosi select committee to investigate on January 6 in June. President Pelosi was given the authority to appoint the 13 members of the committee. However, five of those selections would be made in consultation with the Republican minority leader in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy.
However, today Pelosi turned down two of the five names McCarthy submitted to the committee: Congressmen Jim Jordan from Ohio and Jim Banks from Indiana. As a result, McCarthy is removing all Republican members of the committee.
“President Nancy Pelosi has taken the unprecedented step of denying the minority party election to the Select Committee on January 6. This represents a heinous abuse of power and will irreparably damage this institution. Denying the voices of members who have served in the military and law enforcement agencies, as well as the leaders of the standing committees, has made it undeniable that this panel has lost all legitimacy and credibility and shows that the speaker is more interested in doing politics. than looking for the truth. “Republican leader McCarthy said in a statement Wednesday. “Unless President Pelosi changes course and acquiesces to the five Republican candidates, the Republicans will not participate in her sham process and will instead continue with our own investigation of the facts.”
President Pelosi named a Republican to her appointee group: Wyoming Congresswoman Liz Cheney.
In an interview with the guardian Posted today, Thompson said he is prepared to investigate Trump and depose members of Congress and high-ranking former officials from the Trump administration as the committee continues its work.
“Absolutely,” Thompson told The Guardian regarding his intention to carry out a wide-ranging investigation against the former president and some of his most prominent allies on Capitol Hill. “Nothing is off limits.”
As noted in the article, Thompson indicated that Trump and McCarthy are “among the primary witnesses to his investigation, in large part because McCarthy was on the phone with the former president while the unrest was unfolding.”
Thompson added that he is prepared to issue subpoenas and file lawsuits to enforce his congressional oversight authority.