The January 6th House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot said on Friday that it’s fully cooperating with a Justice Department request to share transcripts of their witness interviews. In a letter to the Committee sent on Wednesday, senior DOJ officials ramped up pressure on the panel to comply with their previous request for the transcripts, saying the documents are “critical” to its work investigating the riot.
The January 6th Committee is “engaged in a cooperative process to address the needs of the Department of Justice. We are not inclined to share the details of that publicly,” the panel said in a statement. “We believe accountability is important and won’t be an obstacle to the department’s prosecutions.”
Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-MS) had initially expressed the panel’s reluctance in sharing the transcripts until their investigation is complete, essentially saying the DOJ needed to do its own work. Even after the Justice Department began its own probe, the Committee remained firm on its position to keep its findings to itself until after the public hearings. “It’s our work product,” Rep. Thompson said Tuesday. “It’s the committee’s work product.”
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But in their Wednesday letter, the DOJ stressed that information being shared publicly from the Committee’s report was vital to their own inquiry, writing that “It is now readily apparent that the interviews the Select Committee conducted are not just potentially relevant to our overall criminal investigations, but are likely relevant to specific prosecutions that have already commenced. Given this overlap, it is critical that the Select Committee provide us with copies of the transcripts of all its witness interviews.”