The House select committee investigating the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol reported it received thousands of documents following its “first set of requests.”
The committee tweeted Thursday, “With several hours to go before today’s deadline, the Select Committee had received thousands of pages of documents in response to our first set of requests and our investigative team is actively engaged to keep that flow of information going.”
The statement continued, “These records supplement the material we’ve received from other House Committees related to their earlier probes of January 6th. The Select Committee is also aware that the National Archives has undertaken the process required by law for review of presidential records.”
These records supplement the material we’ve received from other House Committees related to their earlier probes of January 6th. The Select Committee is also aware that the National Archives has undertaken the process required by law for review of presidential records. 2/
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) September 10, 2021
Late last month, the committee sent records requests to to eight government agencies, including, the National Archives, Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of the Interior, Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and National Counterterrorism Center and Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said in a statement, “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.”
He added, “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.”
CNN also reported last month on plans the committee had to ask telecommunications companies to keep phone records of Republican lawmakers who were involved in the “Stop the Steal” rally.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) warned companies against providing data to the committee.
“If these companies comply with the Democrat order to turn over private information, they are in violation of federal law and subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States,” McCarthy said in a statement.
He continued, “If companies still choose to violate federal law, a Republican majority will not forget and will stand with Americans to hold them fully accountable under the law.”
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