Stephen Miller, Donald Trump’s former senior adviser, will testify before the Jan. 6 committee today, according to The Associated Press.
Miller’s reported cooperation is further evidence that the House investigation into the Capitol riot is opening the doors to Trump’s Oval Office, after the former president’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, both former senior White House advisers, have given their own testimony in recent weeks.
According to two sources cited by the AP, it is unclear whether Miller will appear in person or virtually before the nine-member bipartisan panel.
His appearance, however, is a significant development and likely another blow to Trump’s efforts to protect information about his movements on the day of the uprising and subsequent efforts to annul the presidential election he lost. against Joe Biden.
Miller, considered Trump’s top aide throughout his tenure, fiercely resisted previous efforts to get him to testify after receiving a subpoena in November. At the time, Bennie Thompson, the Mississippi Democrat who chairs the panel, said Miller had “participated in efforts to spread false information about alleged voter fraud,” the basis of Trump’s big lie that his defeat election was fraudulent.
It remains to be seen how cooperative Miller will be in terms of the testimony he has to offer. It is likely that Miller’s decision to appear was prompted by last week’s House vote to scorn former Trump advisers Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino for their refusal to comply with their own subpoenas.
Miller’s testimony — if cooperative — could be some of the most valuable and compelling evidence the Jan. 6 investigation has gathered to date into Trump’s involvement in the murderous insurgency.
Miller was ever present at Trump’s side throughout his administration, an extremely loyal and focused figure seen as the mastermind of some of the most controversial and tough policies he enacted.
An extremist known for his white nationalist and far-right views, Miller was at the center of nearly every decision the former president made while in office, as well as the ultra-tough immigration policies Trump likely would have adopted if he did. he had won a second term.
It is this loyalty to his former boss, and to Trumpism itself, that has analysts questioning whether Miller will in fact be available or whether he will instead plead the Fifth Amendment on questioning. There is already speculation that Miller’s agreement to appear – which neither he nor the panel have yet confirmed – was simply an exercise in avoiding the fate of Scavino and Navarro.
Miller’s appearance tightens the committee’s attention in the final stages of its investigation into Trump’s inner circle, which has vehemently pushed the big lie that his 2020 election loss was fraudulent. The former president’s actions on the day of the uprising and afterwards have come under scrutiny, most recently a revelation that calls he made on January 6 were hidden in the newspaper official.
The investigation also examined an illegal scheme allegedly pushed by Trump and his supporters to propose fake voters to undo Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.
The panel said it will likely hold public hearings this spring, and a report is expected before this year’s midterm elections. Polls show Republicans are in a strong position to grab a majority in the House, at which point most observers believe they would shut down the inquiry if it were still ongoing.