Member of January 6 House Select Committee addresses why they haven’t asked to speak with Trump

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Democratic Congresswoman Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), who sits on the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, and former President Trump’s attempt to overturn the 2020 presidential election, appeared on CNN Newsroom With Pamela Brown Sunday, where she spoke about why the committee has yet to call the former president in for questioning.

Asked if the committee will call Trump to testify, Lofgren responded, “We haven’t decided that yet. We have a lot of investigations underway, and that is a weighty decision that we have discussed but have not decided on.”

Lofgren said that one reason the committee hasn’t called on Trump for an interview is because, in her mind, he can’t be trusted to tell the truth. A report from January of last year stated that Trump told roughly 30,000 “mistruths” during his four years in office.

“The former president has a voracity problem that is well known,” Lofgren said. “You know, there used to be ‘How many falsehoods does he say in any one sentence?’ So I think there has to be a weighing of how valuable the evidence, or testimony, would actually be.”

Lofgren also said that Trump’s litigious history has been a factor in the decision not to attempt to question him.

“He is very litigious, and he would tie the committee up in court for as long as he possibly could,” Lofgren said, “and since there are various privileges that a former president can assert, even if they don’t hold up in the end, that can take a very long time.”

Lofgren went on to say that based on the testimony the committee has already received, along with the mountain of documents in its possession, including several hundred that Trump tried to stop the National Archives from sending, they may not need to speak with Trump.

“The huge amount of documents that we are receiving from others in his inner circle, from the national archives,” Lofgren said, “is starting to paint a rather vivid picture, as far as I’m concerned, about what happened, and when that picture is put together, we will reveal it to the American public in a series of hearings.”

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