House Panel Gathers Mountain of Evidence in Capitol Attack Investigation | Attack on the US Capitol

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The Special House Committee investigating the attack on Capitol Hill has amassed a huge trove of evidence as it seeks to link Trump’s White House to the January 6 insurgency, three months after issuing its first subpoenas to the most senior officials in the administration of the former president.

The select committee revealed on Monday that members had reviewed thousands of documents handed over by Trump’s former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows that showed the White House played a much larger role in the cancellation 2020 elections than previously thought.

But these communications and other documents Meadows handed over represent only a small sample of evidence potentially incriminating the Trump White House gathered since September.

The committee expects this week to remove more senior officials, including Jeffrey Clark, head of Trump’s Justice Department, whom they hope to learn more about Trump’s efforts to resettle as president – even though Clark invokes his Fifth Amendment Right against self-incrimination.

That hope stems from the fact that Clark agreed to appear for a deposition moments before the select committee recommended his prosecution for defying a subpoena – a circumstance which members say means he will cooperate.

Bennie Thompson, the panel chair, said on Monday that after this week’s depositions, the panel was on track to interview more than 300 witnesses and add to the more than 30,000 documents already submitted.

The select committee also obtained around 6,000 documents from Meadows in a delicate cooperation deal requiring production of unprivileged material, before Meadows abruptly severed the deal last week.

Part of the reason Meadows terminated the cooperation agreement was because he learned from his personal mobile carrier – believed to be Verizon – that the committee had started researching the details of his appeals, his lawyer George Terwilliger said in a letter.

The select committee has issued subpoenas in recent weeks for detailed call tapes from several hundred phone numbers, which usually reveal the date, time, duration and target number of calls, according to a close source. of the investigation.

Such recordings should prove to be a boon to the investigation, the source said, as they allow House investigators to chart the phone numbers dialed and connect key phone numbers to others on the 6th. January and the days and weeks before. .

The release of the Meadows cellphone tapes could take place around the same time the committee potentially has access to the several hundred pages of Trump White House documents held by the National Archives.

The select committee is on track to secure these files, which Trump says are subject to executive privilege and cannot be turned over to Congress, after the U.S. District of Columbia appeals court last week upheld a lower court decision approving their release.

In a unanimous decision, the federal appeals court dismissed Trump’s injunction request, saying in a blunt ruling that in a dispute between a current president and a former president over whether to release House records Blanche, the point of view of the president in office must prevail.

These cases, so aggressively championed by Trump, according to the select committee, could help members argue that the former president interfered with Biden’s certification with corrupt intent, a potential crime, the source said.

In the cache of communications provided by Meadows, the select committee said, were text messages it had received from Republican members of Congress, in the days leading up to the attack on Capitol Hill and Jan. 6, from Fox hosts. News and Donald Trump’s eldest son, Donald Jr.

Among the messages to Meadows the committee leaked was one from an unidentified Republican lawmaker, who apologized to Meadows after the attack on the Capitol for failing to prevent Joe Biden from being proclaimed president.

“Yesterday was a terrible day,” read the text from the Republican lawmaker, referring to the attack on Capitol Hill, before discussing the attempt to prevent Biden’s certification: “We tried everything we did. could in our objection to the 6 states I’m sorry that nothing worked.

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