A House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack sent sweeping document requests to eight federal agencies on Wednesday, signaling an exhaustive scope for the panel that will probe everything from the government’s response to the attack to Trump’s efforts to overturn the election and thwart a peaceful transfer of power.
In a 12-page letter to NARA, the panel requests the documents and communications of dozens of Trump allies and former aides including former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, chief of staff Mark Meadows, attorney Rudy Giuliani and most of Trump’s children.
The panel is also seeking communications between the Trump administration and right-wing influencers like “Stop The Steal” leader Ali Alexander and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, as well as state officials Trump tried to enlist to help overturn the election like Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey.
The requests reflect the panel’s new role as Congress’ hub for investigating Trump’s efforts to overturn the election, and how those efforts influenced hundreds of his aggrieved supporters to storm the Capitol on Jan. 6.
The letter also seeks communications between the White House and members of Congress on Jan. 6, signaling a possibility hinted at by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi earlier this month: that lawmakers like Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) who spoke to Trump that day will be scrutinized by the panel.
In a letter to the Defense Department, the panel requests documents efforts by Trump to use the military to prevent voting in the 2020 election or obstruct the peaceful transfer of power, including discussions about invoking the Insurrection Act or declaring martial law.
The letters to the DOJ and NARA also focus in on revelations about the Trump team’s extensive overtures to the Department of Justice to support baseless claims of fraud and bolster efforts to overturn the election.
Many unanswered questions still remain nearly nine months after the attack, in which Trump supporters sought to stop Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory. Though several reports have already been produced about the incident, including from the Senate’s homeland security panel, House Democratic leadership wanted a central investigative body to provide a comprehensive account.
“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,” Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), the chair of the panel, said in a statement.
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The letters ask each agency to expedite the gathering of the documents, pointing to a “delay” in providing documents requested by the House Oversight Committee in March and providing just two weeks to fulfill the latest request.