Justice Department requests Jan. 6 talks from House committee

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The Justice Department has asked the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on Congress to share the results of its interviews — a rare moment of potential collaboration between the criminal investigation into the riot and the legislative inquiry.

Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), the committee’s chairman, told reporters Tuesday that the Justice Department — and some state and local investigators — asked the committee to share copies of interviews conducted. by House lawmakers and investigators.

“I understand they want access to our work product, and we’ve been like, ‘No, we’re not giving it to anyone,'” Thompson said. The committee can authorize investigators to review records in the committee office, he said.

The Justice Department is prosecuting hundreds of men and women who allegedly violated Capitol Hill as they sought to demand that Congress overturn Joe Biden’s election victory. Federal prosecutors also recently expanded their investigation to include those who planned and financed rallies in support of President Donald Trump that preceded the riot. And in Georgia, a local district attorney has opened a criminal investigation related to Trump’s attempts to influence the state’s election results.

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The New York Times first reported on Tuesday that the Justice Department sent a letter last month requesting access to transcripts of interviews the House committee conducted. The request was open and it was unclear how much of the committee’s documents the Justice Department wants to review, said a person familiar with the situation who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss an ongoing investigation. Classes.

Such a request is unusual in that the Justice Department and the House committee have largely avoided coordinating their separate areas of investigation. But with the criminal investigation well into its second year and the congressional probe expected to wrap up in the coming weeks or months, prosecutors want to examine the committee’s key evidence.

It’s unclear how useful interview transcripts can be, given that the Justice Department and FBI have a wealth of investigative tools and techniques that Congress does not.

But the House committee took aggressive steps to compel individuals to cooperate with its investigation and conducted more than 1,000 interviews — including extensive testimony from some aides who were close to Trump when he was president.

The House asked the Justice Department to criminally charge several former Trump aides with contempt for refusing to cooperate with the committee’s investigation.

As part of the expansion of its investigation by the Ministry of Justice, a federal grand jury in Washington has issued subpoena requests to certain officials in Trump’s orbit who helped plan, finance and execute the gatherings on January 6 and just before.

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