Rep Zoe Lofgren, a member of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol, told CNN on Sunday that the panel will ask former Deputy Director of Intelligence Tony Ornato to testify again.
“We are in a position in the very near future to recall intelligence witnesses for some additional questions,” California Democrat told CNN’s Pamela Brown on “CNN Newsroom,” explaining that the jury had wanted to “overcome all documentary evidence … over a million documents, “which they have now done.
The House Select Committee made it clear that it believed Ornato was a central figure who could provide valuable insight into former President Donald Trump’s movements and intentions until January 6.
Not only did Ornato once handle Trump’s details, but he also made the unprecedented move of joining the White House staff as Deputy Chief of Staff in December 2019 on a temporary assignment and eventually returned to services. secrets to managing his training program.
At this point, Ornato met the jury on two occasions – in January and March – as part of his investigation.
It is unclear whether Ornato will end up testifying in connection with the claims of Cassidy Hutchinson, an aide to former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. Hutchinson specifically testified that Ornato told her about Trump lashing out in anger and hurling himself at a member of her protection group as she asked to be taken to the Capitol on January 6.
Lofgren said Sunday he could not elaborate further on Rep Pete Aguilar’s comments during Thursday’s public hearing that the committee is looking into a potential attempt to obstruct testimony relating to that incident.
“It’s not just about the incident, but the testimony – and I’ll say, we have, in general, questions about the advice given to some witnesses and whether all witnesses were completely honest with the committee, and that’s something we’re interested in and I think the Department of Justice will be very interested, “Lofgren said.
Asked Sunday about who else in the secret service would be called back to testify, Lofgren also mentioned Trump’s intelligence chief, Robert Engel, “and a few others,” but did not specify who.
“We want to make sure we get the straight story. Some of the testimonies received don’t seem to be in line with some of the documents, so we need to understand that better from them, “she said.
This story was updated with more information on Sunday.