He added: “Well, the only thing I can say, it’s highly unusual for anyone in charge of anything to watch what’s going on and do nothing.”
Asked whether he believes then-President Donald Trump’s actions during the insurrection warrant criminal referral, Thompson replied: “We don’t know … If there’s anything we come upon as a committee that we think would warrant a referral to the Department of Justice, we’ll do that.”
The chairman said on Sunday that the panel has “some concerns” about potential financial fraud by Trump and his allies around the insurrection.
“It’s highly concerning on our part that people raise money for one activity and we can’t find the money being spent for that particular activity,” he said. “So we’ll continue to look at it and the financing is one of those things we will continue to look at very closely.
He also wouldn’t say if the panel is planning to subpoena members of Congress, such as GOP congressman and Trump ally Jim Jordan of Ohio, to cooperate with the committee.
“I would hope that those individuals who took an oath of office as a member of Congress would come forward,” he said. “That’s why we’ve asked them to come voluntarily.”
Thompson said the panel is still working through testimony and documents from witnesses about the makeshift “war room” at DC’s Willard Hotel that was run by Trump allies Rudy Giuliani and Steve Bannon the day of the attack.
“Part of our work is to try to get access to the records on that day, who paid for it. Bernie Kerik is significant. He started cooperating with our committee, we look forward to that cooperation to continue,” he said. “The hotel has been asked to provide information for us, so we’re in the process of doing our investigation.”