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Sat Sep 25, 2021, 11:40 AM

Jan. 6 committee seeks testimony from riot defendants who pleaded guilty

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Kyle Cheney
SCOOP: The Jan. 6 committee has begun soliciting testimony from a new source ó the rioters themselves. Letters have gone out to some of those who already pleaded guilty for breaching the Capitol.

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Jan. 6 committee seeks testimony from riot defendants who pleaded guilty
About 60 of the 600-plus rioters charged with storming the Capitol have pleaded guilty to participating in the riot.
8:33 PM ∑ Sep 24, 2021


The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has begun to solicit testimony from the rioters, issuing requests for some defendants to voluntarily provide an account of their decision to travel to Washington and join the angry mob.

Lawyers for multiple riot defendants who have already pleaded guilty say they have received communications from the panel in recent days requesting their clientsí cooperation with the committee, which is led by Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.).

"The Select Committee is examining the facts, circumstances, and causes of January 6, 2021, in order to identify and evaluate lessons learned and to recommend corrective law, policies, procedures, rules or regulations," said one such letter, obtained by POLITICO. "As part of that effort, we would like to interview your client, who we understand has accepted responsibility and pleaded guilty."

A spokesperson for the committee declined to comment.

The panel is investigating not just the attack on the Capitol but former President Donald Trumpís effort to call his supporters to Washington that day and to promote discredited claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him. Earlier this week, the committee subpoenaed four top Trump allies, including his former chief of staff Mark Meadows. And it is working with the National Archives to obtain voluminous records from Trumpís White House, a move expected to kick off a fight over Trumpís ability to invoke executive privilege now that heís out of office.


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