The January 6th Insurrection of the US Capitol sent shockwaves through the nation, and the investigation into the events leading up to the attack have been ongoing since. The House Select Committee has spent the last 18 months interviewing witnesses and examining evidence to determine who was responsible for the attack.
However, according to Timothy Heaphy, the lead investigator, it has been difficult to interview witnesses due to their fear of being labeled a “turncoat” if their cooperation was leaked.
Heaphy, who was the former U.S. attorney and is now speaking publicly about the investigation, told The New York Times that witnesses were concerned that if they cooperated, their names would immediately be made public. Heaphy also said that the public scrutiny of the investigation made it more difficult to earn the trust and confidence of witnesses.
The Committee has called on several members of former President Donald Trump’s inner circle to testify, but not everyone has complied. Several have even exercised their Fifth Amendment right not to speak.
Heaphy also said that he believes the Department of Justice could bring charges against several Trump allies, including Rudy Guiliani and John Eastman, for their role in inciting the riot. He said that the “conspiracy extends” beyond those mentioned, although the full scope of it is still unknown.
The investigation into the January 6th insurrection is still ongoing, and hopefully the Committee’s work will help shed light on what exactly happened and hold those responsible accountable.