Jan. 6 panel seeking information from Facebook and following the money, chair says

Thompson said the committee is “negotiating” with Facebook to get specific information and isn’t yet ready to determine the social media giant’s role in terms of spreading information ahead of the attack.

“It’s clear that the Jan. 6 organization per se used them as an organizing tool to the extent that we can identify what really happened,” Thompson said. “At this point, Facebook is working with us to provide the necessary information we requested.”

Another key question is whether the committee might subpoena former President Donald Trump.

“Nobody’s off limits,” Thompson said. “If the evidence leads to former President Trump or anyone else, the committee is not reticent on pushing back on it. We will go forward with it.”

Thompson also made it clear the committee wants to explore the depths of potential premeditation involved in the attack.

“The worst-kept secret in America is that Donald Trump invited individuals to come to Washington on Jan. 6,” Thompson said. “He said all hell would break loose.”

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