Baltimore Sun

Jan. 6 panel interviews Mnuchin, pursues others in Trump’s Cabinet

- By Michael Balsamo, Mary Clare Jalonick and Nomaan Merchant

WASHINGTON — The House Jan. 6 committee has interviewe­d former Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and is in negotiatio­ns to talk to several other members of former President Donald Trump’s Cabinet as it scrutinize­s the days after the U.S. Capitol insurrecti­on and discussion­s about whether to try and remove the then-president from office.

The negotiatio­ns come as the committee was interviewi­ng Trump’s onetime chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, on Thursday. The former South Carolina congressma­n held that job until 2020 and later was special envoy for Northern Ireland, a post he resigned immediatel­y after the riot on Jan. 6, 2021.

The interviews and negotiatio­ns were confirmed by three people familiar with the committee’s work who were not authorized to discuss the developmen­ts publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity.

The committee asked Mnuchin about discussion­s among Cabinet secretarie­s to possibly invoke the constituti­onal process in the 25th Amendment to remove Trump after the attack on the Capitol, according to one of the people, and is in active talks to interview former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Pompeo is likely to appear in the coming days, the person said.

Lawmakers also are in discussion­s with John Ratcliffe, former director of national intelligen­ce, according to two of the people, and are seeking interviews with several senior intelligen­ce officials who had contact with the White House around that time.

Ratcliffe delivered a classified briefing on election security in late December 2020 at the request of Jeffrey Clark, a Justice Department official who promoted Trump’s false claims of election fraud.

A person familiar with the matter said Ratcliffe summarized the findings that said intelligen­ce agencies had “no indication­s that any foreign actors attempted to alter any technical aspect of the voting process in the 2020 U.S. elections, including voter registrati­on, casting ballots, vote tabulation, or reporting results.”

Trump and outside advisers who were pushing the false fraud claims had suggested that Venezuela had tried to alter the count through voting machines.

Investigat­ors have also reached out to former Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, who resigned in the days after the riot, and lawmakers could call in other Trump Cabinet officials.

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