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Many of the 200 witnesses interviewed by the January 6 committee are Trump administration staffers who voluntarily came forward

Business Insider logo Business Insider 11/21/2021 mkeith@insider.com (Morgan Keith)
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., questions witnesses during the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2021 at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC. Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images © Provided by Business Insider Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., questions witnesses during the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2021 at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC. Photo by Andrew Harnik-Pool/Getty Images
  • Rep. Zoe Lofgren said former Trump officials "provided important insights" to the committee.
  • Lofgren told CNN that some witnesses would only testify if they had a subpoena for "cover."
  • Lofgren dismissed an executive privilege claim from Mark Meadows, who did not comply with a subpoena.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., a member of the US House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection, said on Saturday that many of the more than 200 witnesses who were voluntarily interviewed by the committee are former Trump administration officials, CNN reported.

"Let me not be that specific, but let me say certainly there have been people, part of the Trump administration, who have spoken to us and provided important insights that have led us to further questions," said Lofgren in response to questions about if they were White House staffers, according to CNN.

Some of the witnesses volunteered their testimony on the condition of being issued a supoena for "cover," Lofgren told CNN.

Additionally, she dismissed an executive privilege claim on Saturday from Donald Trump's former White House chief of staff, Mark Meadows, CNN reported. The committee is currently weighing whether to hold Meadows in criminal contempt of Congress for refusing to comply with a subpoena related to its investigation.

Meadows failed to meet the November 12 deadline to sit for a deposition before the committee and to hand over documents related to its probe.

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