Pelosi, Cheney, & Jan. 6 Committee Take Control Of Trump Documents

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According to Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), one of the members of the House committee investigating the Capitol riot, “quite a bit of information” has been received by that panel since it sent out recent requests for a slew of records. The vast majority of records that have been sought by the riot investigation committee have dealt with various junctures of the Trump presidency, meaning that by all appearances, the committee has successfully obtained — and is apparently still obtaining — critical information regarding the course of Trump’s presidency. The records that the committee has gone after have covered issues including the riot itself and Trump’s efforts to undercut Biden’s win.

On MSNBC this Wednesday, Lofgren commented as follows:

‘Well, I talked to the [committee] staff a few hours ago, and quite a bit of information has come in and is still coming in. The deadline extends to I think midnight tonight. So I can’t really tell you what has come in, except that there is a great amount of material. And we will be learning more [Friday] about what’s in it, and the staff may have an announcement later this evening… But it’s very clear that agencies responded.’

Watch Lofgren’s comments below:

Highlights of the riot investigation committee’s requests to government agencies include an ask for the National Archives to provide “all documents and communications within the White House” related to Trump allies like Rudy Giuliani and former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn. Others named in that request included Trump’s adult children (excluding Tiffany), Melania Trump, Jared Kushner, and more. Among many other requests, the committee also asked the Defense Department to provide it with “[all] documents and communications concerning possible attempts by President Donald Trump to remain in office after January 20, 2021,” alongside (more specifically) any records relating to the possible imposition of martial law. Such was suggested within Trump’s circles amid his desperate attempts to remain president.

Predictably, Trump and GOP allies of his in Congress have lashed out against efforts by the riot investigation committee to obtain records relevant to their probe, but these complaints haven’t stopped the committee. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), who is one of two Republicans on the panel, has already publicly proclaimed her intention to uncover what Trump was doing throughout the day of the riot. As she put it during a recent public hearing of the riot investigation committee, observers “must also know what happened every minute of that day in the White House — every phone call, every conversation, every meeting — leading up to, during, and after the attack.”