The top investigator on the House committee probing the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol said Wednesday that Georgia and federal investigations into attempts to subvert the 2020 presidential election are “likely” to lead to indictments.
Timothy Heaphy told CNN’s Kate Bolduan on “Erin Burnett OutFront” that “unless there’s inconsistent information, which I don’t expect, I think there will likely be an indictment in Georgia and at the federal level.”
In Georgia, the foreman of the Atlanta-based grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election told CNN on Tuesday that the panel is recommending multiple indictments and suggested that “the name big” to be on the list.
The grand jury met in Atlanta for about seven months and heard testimony from 75 witnesses, including some of Trump’s closest advisers from his final weeks in the White House.
Now that the grand jury is complete, it is up to Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to review the recommendations and make charging decisions. Willis’ decisions in this case will reverberate in the 2024 presidential campaign and beyond.
Trump, who launched his campaign for the 2024 White House, denies any criminal wrongdoing.
At the federal level, special counsel Jack Smith is overseeing parts of the criminal investigation into the Capitol attack and has briefed members of Trump’s inner circle. On Wednesday, the New York Times reported that Smith had recommended former president Ivanka Trump’s daughter and son-in-law Jared Kushner as witnesses.
“I think it could be very important,” Heaphy said of the pair’s potential testimony.
“They were present for significant events. The special counsel will want to hear about the President’s understanding of the election results and what happened on January 6. And they both had direct communication with him about the events before the riot at the Capitol,” he said.
The special counsel already has a large amount of evidence he must now comb through, including testimony recently turned over by a House committee on January 6, subpoena documents provided by local officials in key states and discovery collected from lawyers for Trump allies. the end of last year with a flurry of activity, at least some of which had not been reviewed in early January, sources familiar with the investigation told CNN at the time.
“He won’t stop because of family ties, because of purported executive privilege,” Heaphy told Smith. “He believes that the law entitles him to all that information, and he is determined to get it.”
Ivanka Trump and Kushner previously testified to the House select committee, which expired in January after Republicans took control of the House. The panel referred the former president to the Department of Justice on four criminal charges in December, and while they were largely symbolic in nature, committee members emphasized those referrals were a way to document their views because Congress cannot bring charges.
This story was updated with additional information on Wednesday.