The House committee investigating Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack has been turning to the Department of Justice in order to find a partner that will carry on the investigations once the panel expires.
Over the last year and a half, the House committee and Department of Justice have often clashed as the Department of Justice had previously requested the transcripts from the committee’s interviews. This request was denied by the House committee. However, now that the committee is set to expire, they are all the more interested in cooperating with the Department of Justice.
Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told reporters on Thursday, that he believed that it was their duty to cooperate with the Department of Justice and that this cooperation would continue to be ongoing. He added that even after the committee’s expiration, members of the committee would be willing to answer questions and assist the DOJ where they could.
Previously, despite an agreement having been reached about the committee sharing its findings, they decided not to send the DOJ the transcripts they were requesting. In regards to this Thompson simply told reporters that the committee had decided not to share them.
Attorney General Merrick Garland has however said regarding this disagreement that they would like to have all of the transcripts and other evidence which could be helpful in their own investigation.