Jan. 6 Select Committee Probe Expands To Trump And Top Officials In A Wave Of Demands

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Reps. Bennie Thompson (right) and Liz Cheney, joined by fellow committee members, speak to the media after a July 27 hearing of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

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The committee also 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 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.

The requests also target figures who have been charged with helping spread misinformation ahead of Jan. 6, including Michael Flynn, the former White House official pardoned by Trump, and controversial Texas media personality Alex Jones.


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The requests mark the first major action since a gripping July hearing for the nine-person committee, which includes seven Democrats and two Republicans: Reps. Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois. Thompson, the panel’s leader, also chairs the House Homeland Security Committee.

The plans come in the midst of a hiring spree for the panel, which now has more than a half-dozen staffers. Earlier this month, the committee hired its chief investigative counsel, Timothy Heaphy, a former U.S. attorney for the Western District of Virginia.

This move also followed the addition of former GOP Rep. Denver Riggleman of Virginia and Homeland Security official Joe Maher as senior staff.

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