Trump tried to name a White Home assist employees member who was in talks with the Jan. 6 panel, supply says

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump tried to name a member of the White Home assist employees who was speaking to the Home committee investigating the Capitol rebellion, a supply acquainted with the difficulty instructed NBC Information on Wednesday.

CNN first reported that the witness works on the White Home.

The committee’s vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., asserted Tuesday that Trump tried to name a witness concerned within the committee’s investigation. She didn’t determine the individual.

She described the recipient as somebody “you haven’t but seen in these hearings.”

“That individual declined to reply or reply to President Trump’s name and as a substitute alerted their lawyer to the decision. Their lawyer alerted us,” Cheney mentioned.

The committee alerted the Justice Division, she added.

Requested to remark Tuesday on the alleged name, Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich as a substitute pointed to one in every of his personal tweets earlier within the day criticizing Cheney, the committee and the media.

The committee’s chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., instructed reporters earlier Wednesday that the Justice Division would decide whether or not there was any unlawful conduct.

“You recognize, we’re involved, clearly, concerning the witness. And we’re not going to place that witness in pointless jeopardy,” Thompson mentioned Wednesday, a day after the panel first revealed the alleged name.