The time is drawing nearer for justice to be served to the members of the insurrectionist groups and the organizers that participated in the January 6 riot at the Congress. Last week, on August 25, the congressional committee tasked with investigating began in earnest to investigate the attack.
Today, August 30th, the Jan. 6 committee is preparing a request to phone companies for Republican lawmakers’ phone records in regards to the attack.
The committee’s first demand was for documents from all government agencies who may have been involved in any way. The demand for documents and communications involves some of former President Donald Trump’s closest advisers and family. Mark Meadows, Rudy Giuliani, Ivanka Trump, Don Jr., Eric Trump, Michael Flynn, Jared Kushner and more have all had been requested to provide all the information concerning what they knew of the attack. [Article continued after video]
The specific request from the House of Representatives Select Committee wants access to the White House communications records on and leading up to January 6. Interestingly they’ve also demanded that they be able to access reports and other materials from the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Interior and Justice, and the FBI, National Counterterrorism Center and Office of the Director of National Intelligence. A signal that the investigation is going to be in-depth and intense.
The agencies now have two weeks according to the committee’s Democratic chairman, Representative Bennie Thompson. The committee also expects to make even more requests as the investigation widens.
“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,” Thompson stated in a letter to the National Archives and Records Administration. That department is responsible for the records from the Trump administration.
Trump, in his familiar style, bashed the investigation and called it “a partisan sham and waste of taxpayer dollars.”
To date, about 600 people have been arrested in connection with the Capitol attack. The panel’s investigation is far-reaching and is seeking information not just from the attack itself but the lead-up to the events of the day as well. They will look at the gathering and dissemination of intelligence, security preparations, and the role agencies played in defending the Capitol.
The events of the day have been pinned in part to a speech made by former President Trump according to some experts on the matter. It is believed that Pro-Trump protesters violently made their way into U.S. Capitol. Their clashes involved violent stand-offs with police.
The investigative committee will also be looking at personnel changes between November 3, 2020, election, and Jan. 20, 2021, when Biden took officially took office. They also intend to investigate communication surrounding Trump’s desire to remain in office despite losing the election.