Rep. Jamie Raskin teases Jan. 6 panel to reveal new information on Trump ally Roger Stone

The Texas Tribune Festival 2022 One-on-One with Jamie Raskin The Maryland Congressman on the Jan. 6 investigation, countering extremism and what happens if his party loses control of the US House
U.S. Rep. Jaimie Raskin, D-Maryland, speaks with Robert Costa, chief election and campaign correspondent for CBS News, at The Texas Tribune Festival on September 23, 2022 in Austin, Texas.

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As the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol enters the final months of its investigation, committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Maryland, teased Friday that the committee would likely reveal more of its findings. of longtime Trump ally Roger Stone.

According to a Politico report, committee aides traveled to Copenhagen, Denmark, in August to review footage of a documentary about Stone. A team of Danish filmmakers followed Stone for over two years, a period that included January 6, 2021when Trump supporters violently stormed the Capitol.

“I think there may be some clues that come out of the new information we got there,” Raskin told CBS News chief election correspondent and campaigner Robert Costa during an interview at the Texas Tribune Festival in Austin.

The Maryland Democrat and former constitutional law professor identified Stone, along with other Trump allies such as Michael Flynn and Steve Bannon, as someone who was “collaborating with the domestic violence extremist underworld.” Asked how Stone figures into the Jan. 6 story, Ruskin replied, “stay tuned” — but told Costa that Stone “saw where things were going.”

The committee subpoenaed Stone for documents and testimony last November. He met with investigators the following month, but he claimed His Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination in any matter.

Raskin’s interview with CBS News came as the panel prepares to reveal more of its findings at its next public hearing on Wednesday. The committee’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, told reporters this week that it is likely to be the final presentation before the committee turns its attention to preparing an interim and final report.

Although Raskin declined to “speculate” on Wednesday’s topics, he said he hoped it would contain more information on domestic violent extremist groups – an area of ​​the investigation led by Raskin – and social media.

Since the last public hearing in July, the commission has focused on “completing the picture,” Raskin said.

Meanwhile, the Justice Department is doing its thing research related to the Jan. 6 riot, issuing subpoenas to several associates of Trump in the investigation, multiple sources told CBS News. The House committee, however, did not share transcripts of her testimony and interviews with federal prosecutors.

Raskin said the committee reviews Justice Department requests for information on a case-by-case basis. “Our basic premise is that we want to help the Justice Department do their job and make it easier for them to do their job in the way that every American citizen would want,” he said. “At the same time, we don’t want information to be given that could be misrepresented in some way or used against our investigation. So I think those are probably the two main competing concerns, but the committee has tried overwhelmingly to be cooperative.”

Raskin also fielded questions Tuesday about the 2024 presidential election, including whether he would support another run by President Joe Biden. “I mean I love Joe Biden. I think he’s a guy who has thrown everything into the fight for democracy and he understands that,” Raskin said.

Asked if he himself would consider running in 2024, Raskin said he had “no blood lust for that office” before noting his view of Congress as a “preeminent branch of government.”

“I can’t imagine that a former constitutional law professor from the very blue state of Maryland would be the best place to run and win,” Raskin said. “But if people are telling me that I’m really the one who’s going to do it, then obviously I’m going to have to look at it because I love America.”

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