Sources told CNN that the group interviewed Steven Mnuchin, the former Treasury Secretary of President Donald Trump.
Sources told CNN that the committee is negotiating terms for a possible interview with former Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe. Given the classified nature of Ratcliffe’s predecessor’s role, the two sides had to address some unique issues.
Several former Cabinet officials are known to have met with the committee, including Labor Secretary Eugene Scalia, Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller and Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen.
The committee also met former Attorney General Bill Barr, but he left the government before the 6 January incident.
The committee also previously interviewed Ken Cuccinelli and made contact with Chad Wolf, two senior officials at the Trump-era Department of Homeland Security, CNN reported last year.
Concern over the Section 25 amendment came after former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified last month that the Cabinet and then-Vice President Mike Pence may have sought to remove the president from office. case and the Capitol attack.
Hutchinson testified: “There is a lot of concern that the 25th Amendment might be invoked, and there is concern about what would happen to the Senate if it were invoked.”
But former Vice President Mike Pence’s former chief of staff Mark Short said on CNN on Thursday that he “doesn’t recall any serious conversation about invoking the 25th Amendment” and said using it was impractical .
“The reality is that the government has 10 days left,” Short said. “It’s a political tactic. Plus, you know, when they designed the 25th Amendment, it had higher standards and higher barriers than impeachment. And impeachment requires a simple majority in the House and an absolute majority in the Senate, which Cabinet approval is required, plus a supermajority in the House, plus a supermajority in the Senate.”
Short added: “It didn’t happen in 10 days of the administration…it’s really just a political tactic that Nancy Pelosi and congressional Democrats are trying to put pressure on, and it’s never going to happen in our White House.” “
A spokesman for the select committee declined to comment.
CNN has reached out to Mnuchin for comment.
U.S. Justice Department criminal investigation heats up
A separate criminal investigation by the Justice Department into a plot to subvert the 2020 election is also heating up.
CNN previously reported that Hutchinson was cooperating with the Justice Department’s criminal investigation, a discussion that was confirmed to CNN by people familiar with the matter. The extent of this cooperation is unclear. Hutchinson was the committee’s star witness.
The Justice Department also obtained a second warrant to search the phone of right-wing lawyer John Eastman as part of its criminal investigation, prosecutors said in a court filing Wednesday.
Earlier this month, investigators confiscated Eastman’s phone in New Mexico after receiving a warrant to take the device. The agents needed a second warrant to search the contents of the cell phone they received on July 12.
The warrant is a key step in the Justice Department’s intensified investigation on Jan. 6, as investigators appear to have focused their attention on Trump and his close allies’ actions to overturn the 2020 election.
Eastman has been a key figure in the committee’s investigation into a conspiracy to subvert election results. A federal judge previously said Eastman and Trump were “more likely” to plan to commit crimes as they sought to undermine congressional certification of the Jan. 6 presidential election.
This story has been updated with more details.
CNN’s Devan Cole contributed to this report.