The House select committee digging into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol demanded a slew of documents on Wednesday, including communications from key White House figures and Donald Trump allies like Rudy Giuliani.
The bipartisan committee is seeking documents related to the Jan. 6 Electoral College vote certification, which was forced to a halt for hours that day when supporters of then-President Trump ― egged on by his insistence the election had been stolen and a speech that morning ― stormed the Capitol.
The select committee asked for documents related to the counting of the vote, the potential for demonstrations or violence that day and the aftermath. It also demanded the FBI provide documents and communications about election fraud investigations and crimes between its officials and members of Trump’s legal team: Giuliani, Justin Clark, Matt Morgan, Sidney Powell and Kurt Olsen.
The requests went out to multiple agencies: the FBI; the Office of the Director of National Intelligence; the National Archives and Records Administration; and the departments of justice, defense, homeland security and the interior, which includes the U.S. Park Police.
The select committee is bipartisan, with seven Democrats and two Republicans: Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois. Republicans pushed to include Trump allies on the committee, but both were rejected.
Democrats formed the committee after Republicans blocked the creation of an independent commission of outside experts. Several Republicans, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), initially supported the commission idea, which is something Congress routinely does after disasters or to deal with complex policy problems, but ultimately decided they would rather blame House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for the attack.
Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said in July that the committee would probe Trump’s role in the Jan. 6 attack.
“Nothing is off-limits,” he said at the time.
Arthur Delaney and Sara Boboltz contributed reporting.
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