The January 6th House Select Committee will share 20 of its interview transcripts with the Justice Department as federal prosecutors have been increasingly focused on efforts by Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential election.
The information sharing comes after the Committee had initially rejected the DOJ’s request for transcripts in May. At the time, the committee’s Democratic chairman, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, had said it was “premature” for the panel to share its work because their probe is ongoing. But since then, negotiations to share the documents have been taking place as the Justice Department has stepped up its probes.Several senior aides to former Vice President Mike Pence have already appeared before a federal grand jury, and prosecutors have seized records from a group of Republicans who served as fake electors in battleground states won by President Joe Biden. Trump and his allies pushed officials in those states to replace then-President-Elect Biden’s duly selected electors with ones who supported him as they advanced claims that his victory had been stolen.
"[DOJ was] very slow, too slow in my opinion in expanding the investigation beyond the events of Jan. 6th, but they will move now and it's clear that they are targeting much of the same conduct that the Jan. 6 committee… revealed" – @danielsgoldman w/ @NicolleDWallace pic.twitter.com/SzzHt50PBR
— Deadline White House (@DeadlineWH) July 29, 2022
Attorney General Merrick Garland, who is facing mounting pressure from congressional Democrats to bring charges against Trump, has said prosecutors will hold anyone accountable if they broke the law, no matter their current or former position.
A grand jury for the DOJ's own Jan 6th investigation has apparently spoken with Pence aides Marc Short and Greg Jacob. This is a good sign.
(As you may recall, both Short and Jacob have also spoken with the House Jan 6th Committee.)
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) July 25, 2022
In an interview with NBC News this week, Garland said the Justice Department would “bring to justice everybody who was criminally responsible for interfering with the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another.”
The Committee has not said if it plans to eventually share all of its transcripts with the Justice Department or the public. The panel has done more than 1,000 interviews, but not all of those were formally transcribed. It also remains unclear whether prosecutors might seek to bring criminal charges against Trump, who continues to deny any wrongdoing despite multiple witness testimonies saying otherwise.