The Jan. 6 committee “filled in” the blanks on Donald Trump’s activities during the attack on the Capitol, says Rep. Adam Kinzinger

Former President Donald Trump did “nothing” to stop the Capitol riot as it unfolded on Jan. 6, 2021, and new witnesses will fill in the blanks in Trump’s activities on the day when the House Inquiry Committee meets its next is holding hearing, members of the bipartisan body said on Sunday.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), who is scheduled to chair Thursday’s prime-time hearing, said the session “will be a huge eye-opener for people” as it examines Trump’s actions in detail over the hours the Capitol has been overrun by a mob trying to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.

“We filled in the blanks,” Kinzinger said on CBS’ Face the Nation on Sunday. Trump “didn’t do much during that time but happily watched TV.”

Kinzinger, one of two GOP members on the bipartisan panel regularly attacked by Trump for his role on the committee, implored his fellow Republicans to watch the next hearing with an open mind and ask themselves, “Is that so strong? Leader you think you truly deserve?”

Late Friday, the committee took the unusual step of subpoenaing the Secret Service after the agency reportedly deleted text messages dated January 5 and 6, 2021 after the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general’s office requested them. Committee members said they expect to receive the text messages by Tuesday.

“An agency that played such an important role in a critical event in our history would assume that it did everything it could to preserve these records,” Rep. Elaine Luria (D-Va.) said on CNN’s “State of the Union. “As for digital recording and text messaging, I’m not an IT expert, but I understand a lot of things can be done, a lot of forensic analysis and data recovery.”

Secret Service subpoenaed for deleted texts

Previous hearings have focused on Trump’s efforts to pressure the Justice Department, state officials and his own vice president to overturn the results of the 2020 election; Trump’s own killing spree when he was prevented from traveling to the Capitol with his supporters that day; and the links between the Trump White House and violent extremist groups that were part of the attack. But so far the committee has released little about what Trump did during the Capitol riots after he returned to the White House.

Thursday’s hearing will be the last of the first series, but committee members said there could be more hearings later in the year.

“If we receive information that the American people need to know, we may also conduct further hearings at this time,” Kinzinger said.

Committee members said Sunday that in the 187 minutes between exiting his “stop the steal” rally on the Ellipse that day and when he finally tweeted a video at 4:17 p.m. urging his supporters to leave the ellipse, did not intervene Capitol.

“It’s pretty simple: He didn’t do anything to actually stop the uprising,” Luria said.

“We’re going to go pretty much minute-by-minute over that period of time, from the moment he left the stage at the Ellipse, came back to the White House and was actually sitting in the White House dining room with his advisers constantly urging him to take action to more to do,” Luria added.

The House of Representatives Committee on January 6, 2021 held its final public hearing on July 12 and focused on how President Donald Trump called far-right militant groups to DC (Video: Mahlia Posey/The Washington Post, Photo: Demetrius Freeman/The Washington Post).

Luria also referenced the now infamous tweet, sent at 2:24 p.m. that day, that accused Vice President Mike Pence of “not having the courage to do what should have been done,” further fueling the situation .

When asked whether Trump’s inaction would constitute a crime, Luria said that as the nation’s commander-in-chief, Trump should have understood what acting in times of crisis looked like.

“He’s the only person in the constitution who has a specific duty to see that the laws are faithfully carried out,” said Luria, a military veteran. “I consider that a dereliction of duty.”

Both Luria and Kinzinger said the committee is seeking and receiving new information about the Jan. 6 attack every day.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said on ABC’s This Week that the committee plans to release a final report later this year.

“This investigation is very much underway. The fact that a series of hearings will conclude this Thursday does not mean that our investigation is complete,” Lofgren said.

“Honestly, if the president’s supporters hadn’t been locked in frivolous legal battles for months, we would be further along than we are,” Lofgren said.

Ahead of the committee’s next hearing on Jan. 6, members asked the agency to release allegedly deleted text messages from the Capitol attack. (Video: The Washington Post)

Kinzinger also once again defended Cassidy Hutchinson, a former assistant to Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows, who testified last month that she was told Trump angrily pounced on his Secret Service detail in the presidential limo because they didn’t want to drive him in the Capitol.

Anonymous sources have since disputed her statement, but Kinzinger said the committee is still working to speak to those who were in the presidential limousine at the time, and everyone Statements must be made under oath.

“We have every reason to believe that what Cassidy Hutchinson said, at least from what she said, she heard because she wasn’t in the limousine — never said she was,” said Kinzinger. “She was told that. We strongly believe that she is a credible witness and that her allegations are quite explosive.”

Joanna Slater and Ariana Eunjung Cha contributed to this report.

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