The first subpoenas from the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the U.S Capitol will likely be issued “within a week,” according to Rep. Bennie Thompson (MS) the Democratic chairman of the committee, who remarked:
Though Thompson refused to provide any hints about who might be included in that first batch of subpoenas, many legal experts say former President Donald Trump, former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and possibly Rudy Giuliani could be called for testimony.
And you can add two U.S. Senators to that potential list, according to Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA), who told MSNBC host Nicolle Wallace on “Deadline: White House” Tuesday that she believes Sens. Rand Paul (R-KY) and Ted Cruz (R-TX) also need to be subpoenaed:
As we learned earlier today, one of Trump’s attorney’s, John Eastman, laid out a six-point plan for Mike Pence to follow when it came to not certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election:
Under Eastman’s scheme, Pence would have declared Trump the winner with more Electoral College votes after the seven states were thrown out, at 232 votes to 222. Anticipating “howls” from Democrats protesting the overturning of the election, the memo proposes, Pence would instead say that no candidate had reached 270 votes in the Electoral College. That would throw the election to the House of Representatives, where each state would get one vote. Since Republicans controlled 26 state delegations, a majority could vote for Trump to win the election.The plan was first proposed to Pence when Eastman was with Trump in the Oval Office on January 4, during one of Trump’s attempts to convince Pence that he had the authority to stop the certification of the election.
Paul waffled on whether or not he would certify the electors but eventually agreed to do so. Cruz, on the other hand, voted not to accept the electoral results from the states.
And there are others in the both the House and Senate who need to be subpoenaed, including Reps. Lauren Boebert (R-CO), who was giving tours of Congress prior to the rioting and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA), who has sounded and acted like an insurrectionist since she was elected.
In the Senate, along with Cruz and Paul, there’s Josh Hawley (R-MO) who gave a raised fist salute to protesters just hours before a crowd of thousands stormed the Capitol, resulting in the deaths of five people.
The greatest threat to this country is from within. And those who played any role in the Jan. 6 rioting — no matter their title or office — need to be exposed and charged with crimes against the United States.