House Republicans question former news exec’s work for Jan. 6 committee

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A group of House Republicans questioned Wednesday whether the committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol violated rules when it hired a former news executive.

The five representatives sent a letter to the Democratic leadership asking for confirmation that James Goldston, former president of ABC News, is working for the committee. Axios first reported Monday that Goldston is an “unannounced advisor” to the committee, which is holding the first of at least six public hearings in a rare prime-time session Thursday.

The Republicans wrote that they are unaware of whether a required letter requesting approval of Goldston’s hiring has been submitted to the Committee on House Administration.

“To our knowledge, the Committee has not received or considered such a request,” wrote the representatives, who include Committee on House Administration Ranking Member Rodney Davis, and four others who in July 2021 were recommended by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to join the Jan. 6 committee. Those recommendations were later rescinded by McCarthy after Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi rejected two of the five, Rep. Jim Jordan and Rep. Jim Banks.

The Republicans stated in their letter that Goldston would not be allowed to work for the Jan. 6 committee.

” Such an arrangement would be against House Rules and the House Ethics Manual regulations, which clearly state that “no logical difference can be made between the private contribution to in-kind services or the private contribution to money.”

The Offices for Jan. 6 committee chair Bennie Thompson and Committee on House Administration chairperson Zoe Lofgren didn’t immediately respond to requests for comment.

Committee chair Bennie Thompson said last week that the hearing will feature a “combination of witnesses, exhibits, things that we have through the tens of thousands of exhibits we’ve […] looked at, as well as the hundreds of witnesses we deposed or just talked to in general. “

The committee, which has interviewed some of former President Donald Trump’s closest advisers — including his children Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., and son-in-law Jared Kushner — has promised to show “previously unseen material” from its nearly yearlong investigation.

The select committee plans to call two witnesses on Thursday: Nick Quested, a filmmaker who followed the Proud Boys on Jan. 6, and Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards, the first law enforcement officer injured by rioters storming the Capitol grounds. According to the committee, Edwards sustained a traumatic brain injury that has prevented him from returning to work since the attack.

Read the full letter here:

Catherine Herridge

Catherine Herridge

Catherine Herridge, a senior investigative reporter for CBS News, is responsible for covering national security and intelligence in Washington D.C .

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