A high-ranking House Republican will formally ask the Department of Justice to widen its ongoing investigation into the Capitol riots to include President Donald Trump’s response to the chaos nearly two weeks ago.
“I would go beyond the article filed by the Democrats and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,” Rep. Michael McCaul of Texas told Yahoo News.
“I’m interested in what actions were taken after the Capitol was breached. Once the president knew that the Capitol was under siege and really being invaded by domestic terrorists, what actions did the president specifically take to remedy what happened?”
He added: “There are some material fact witnesses in the White House, but also in Congress. We had members of Congress on the phone with the president telling him, ‘Please tell these people to stop and please deploy the National Guard as soon as possible.’”
“If it was al-Qaida attacking the Capitol, my God, I would think the president would pull out all the stops to ensure the National Guard was fully deployed and would stop this breach and this invasion of the Capitol,” he said.
So far, there have been conflicting and incomplete reports about the delay in deploying National Guard troops that day.
The Washington Post has reported that then-Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who has since resigned, made at least five urgent pleas for National Guard troops that afternoon but was first denied by a top aide to Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy.
Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller later verbally authorized the deployment, according to the paper, although the first National Guard troops didn’t arrive at the Capitol until 5:40 p.m., after the worst of the violence was over.
Trump was impeached by the U.S. House for a historic second time on Wednesday.
Democrats charged him with “incitement of insurrection” over the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol last week.
Below are the 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump:
1. Rep. Liz Cheney, Wyoming
2. Rep. Tom Rice, South Carolina
3. Rep. Dan Newhouse, Washington
4. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, Illinois
5. Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, Ohio
6. Rep. Fred Upton, Michigan
7. Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, Washington
8. Rep. Peter Meijer, Michigan
9. Rep. John Katko, New York
10. Rep. David Valadao, California
Freshman Republican Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene announced last week that she plans to file articles of impeachment against President-elect Joe Biden the day after his inauguration.
The Georgia Congresswoman announced her decision via Twitter and reiterated her promise on Newsmax, specifying her articles would impeach him for “abuse of power.”
Greene said her motivation is to stand up for the 75 million Americans who are “fed up with inaction” in government.
“It’s time to take a stand,” she said. “I’m proud to be the voice of Republican voters who have been ignored.”
— Marjorie Taylor Greene 🇺🇸 (@mtgreenee) January 14, 2021
South Carolina GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham also questioned the merits of an impeachment effort underway initiated by House Democrats.
Graham argued against impeaching a president that has already left office and mentioned the possibility of impeaching former President Barack Obama for the lack of effort during the attack on a U.S. consulate in Benghazi in 2012.