Jan 6th Select Committee Issues First Round of Demands for Records From Executive Branch

The House Select Committee charged with investigating the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol has issued a wave of record requests targeting communications by Donald Trump and his top officials in the lead-up to the deadly riot. It marks the most widespread list of demands since the siege, directing letters to eight federal entities, including the National Archives and Records Administration, which is charged with maintaining records for past White House administrations. The demands could be followed by subpoenas. They target communications by Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence, and other top officials as well as White House visitor and call logs related to the day of the attack.

The January 6th Committee also directed other agencies such as the Justice Department to turn over records linked with the attack and the runup to that day’s violence, including the sharing of intelligence, Capitol security, and the role of efforts to overturn the results of the presidential elections. Other agencies facing new requests include the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, and the National Counterterrorism Center.

WASHINGTON, DC – JULY 27: Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) (R) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) (C), joined by fellow committee members, speak to the media following a hearing of the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol on July 27, 2021 at the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC. Members of law enforcement testified about the attack by supporters of former President Donald Trump on the U.S. Capitol. According to authorities, about 140 police officers were injured when they were trampled, had objects thrown at them, and sprayed with chemical irritants during the insurrection. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)”The Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol is examining the facts, circumstances, and causes of the January 6th attack,” Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said in a statement announcing the plans. “Our Constitution provides for a peaceful transfer of power, and this investigation seeks to evaluate threats to that process, identify lessons learned and recommend laws, policies, procedures, rules, or regulations necessary to protect our republic in the future.”


Other communications for former officials targeted in the document requests include Mark Meadows, the former Trump Chief of Staff; Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s former personal lawyer; and Ivanka Trump. The Committee additionally goes into communications from last year involving Trump officials and top Republicans who figured largely in Presidential election results in various states, including Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp, Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, and Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton. The requests also target figures who have been charged with helping spread misinformation ahead of January 6th, including Michael Flynn, the former White House official pardoned by Trump, and controversial Texas media personality Alex Jones.


The agencies have two weeks to comply with the requests to turn over documents by September 9th, Rep. Thompson added. These are also renewed and expanded upon demands issued by other committees this year.

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