After issuing four subpoenas to former Trump allies on Thursday, Representative Adam Schiff warned that more may be coming down the line as the House Select Committee on the January 6 Capitol riot continues its investigation.
'No one is off the table,' he said in an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo Thursday night.
'We'll determine what went wrong in the lead-up to January 6, and we're going to find out who was involved and who was knowledgeable and what roles they played in the planning, what expectation they had of violence, and what the former president was doing.
'Among the biggest unknowns is what was going on within the White House on January 5 and 6, at that critical time when our democracy was being threatened with a violent insurrection,' he continued.
'So we're not wasting time,' Schiff, a Democrat from California said. 'We've made a lot of strides in requiring documents that we need for the investigation.'
Representative Adam Schiff warned that more subpoenas may be coming in the House Select Committee on the January 6 Capitol riot's investigation in an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo Thursday night
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The stark warning came after the House Select Committee issued its first round of subpoenas targeting former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, longtime Trump and White House aide Dan Scavino, and former Pentagon chief of staff Kash Patel.
'These are four important witnesses, and they're all very close to the former president and some were in direct communication with him on January 5, on January 6, and they are reportedly in communication about how to overturn their results of the election,' Schiff, a member of the committee, told Cuomo in the interview.
'Mark Meadows, for example, is involved with the Justice Department to put pressure on Georgia, to decertify the results of the election,' he continued.
'There are numerable areas that we want to question these witnesses about and these are four early witnesses that we want to hear from, that will hep us direct our focus on others as well.'
Cuomo later asked the congressman whether he expects they will actually testify, or if they will claim they have immunity, to which Schiff replied: 'If past is prologue, we can certainly anticipate that some may seek to thwart our investigation, and certainly if you look at all of the obstruction and all of the stonewalling of the subpoenas by some of the same people in the prior administration ... we experienced that kind of stonewalling before.'
'But unlike the last four years, these witnesses are not going to be able to count on the former president to protect them if they essentially thwart the law, and I would hope that we can move expeditiously to enforce the subpoenas.'
If it is necessary, he said, the committee would ask the Justice Department to consider charging 'anyone who ignores the law' with potential criminal contempt/
'We will do whatever we can to overcome any obstructionism.'
Former President Trump vowed to fight on 'Executive Privilege and other grounds,' indicating the committee may have to wage a legal battle to secure testimony and information as it probes the Jan. 6th riot on the day Congress met to count the Electoral College votes.
The House select committee on the Capitol riot has already subpoenaed former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Director of Social Media and Assistant to the President Dan Scavino
The committee has already sent out sweeping document requests to the National Archives as well as other government agencies seeking information on a host of former officials. Its aides have been poring over government documents and those sought from social media companies.
The letter to Bannon identifies him as having been present at the Willard Hotel on Jan. 5th, 2021 – and cites Bob Woodward and Robert Costa's new book, Peril.
'You have been identified as present at the Willard Hotel on January 5, 2021, during an effort to persuade Members of Congress to block the certification of the election the next day, and in relation to other activities on January 6,' it says.
'You are also described as communicating with then-President Trump on Dec. 30, 2020, and potentially other occasions, urging him to plan for and focus his efforts on Jan. 6.' it says.
It also quotes Bannon saying on Jan. 5th that 'all hell is going to break loose tomorrow.'
Former President Trump blasted the subpoenas in a statement from his Save America PAC, mocking the panel the 'Unselect Committee.'
'The “Unselect Committee” of highly partisan politicians, a similar group that perpetrated the now proven lie of Russia, Russia, Russia, Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, and many other Scams, has sent out Harassment Subpoenas on Jan. 6th so that the Government of the United States can continue wasting time while Russia, China, and virtually every other country that deals with our Nation can continue to “eat our lunch,” and laugh at the stupidity of what is going on at our Southern Border, and the worst withdrawal from a war zone by any Nation in history—all of this while the Democrats persecute and prosecute Republicans which is, together with Rigging Elections, essentially all they know how to do,' Trump wrote.
'We will fight the Subpoenas on