The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot will investigate an alleged phone call then-President Donald Trump had with allies at the Willard hotel to stop the certification of Joe Biden's election victory.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the committee, confirmed it will look into the phone call and suggested it has already considered strategies to investigate it, he said in an interview with the Guardian.


Following the results of the 2020 election, several key allies of Trump — Rudy Giuliani, John Eastman, Boris Epshteyn, Steve Bannon, and others — held multiple meetings in the Willard hotel near the White House, the Washington Post reported. It served as a "war room” of sorts for their operation to delay the certification of Biden's election victory.

Trump communicated with allies of his at the Willard hotel on multiple occasions. He reportedly called some of them on Jan. 5 following a meeting he had with then-Vice President Mike Pence. Pence told Trump that he did not have the power to reject the Electoral College results. Getting Pence to reject the election results was a key part of the group's strategy.

Thompson told the Guardian that the committee has been trying to get key Trump White House records including information about Trump's communication with his allies at the Willard hotel. Trump previously claimed executive privilege over numerous documents the committee is interested in. President Joe Biden waived executive privilege over key documents the committee was after in October, but there is still a legal dispute over many of those records.

The committee has referenced the operation at the Willard hotel in several of its subpoenas, including one against Bernard Kerik, who worked for Giuliani. Kerik was not at the hotel during the meetings that took place on Jan. 5. On Dec. 16, the committee subpoenaed retired Army Col. James Waldron. In its subpoena against him, the committee suggested he participated in meetings at the Willard hotel.

In his comments to the Guardian, Thompson made it clear that the committee is interested in Trump's involvement with operations at the hotel. Thompson told the outlet that the committee could not ask the National Archives for records on specific phone calls but might be able to get broad information about all the calls the White House made during Jan. 5 and Jan. 6.


The Washington Examiner reached out to a representative for the Jan. 6 committee but did not receive a response. The House is set to reconvene on Jan. 10 after a break for the holidays.