How MPs are investigating the January 6 riots

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Washington – The House committee investigating the deadly January 6 riots at the US Capitol has stepped up its efforts in recent weeks, including an adviser to former President Donald Trump and four aides. We have issued summon letters to 20 people.

Members of the commission have said that they want to act expeditiously to obtain evidence and documents related to the attack. A witness called to testify, former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon, faces a criminal offense after opposing the panel’s summons.

Learn more about the committee, its mission and how it works.

Why is Congress investigating?

Unlike some previous investigations during the Trump era, such as the Russian investigation and the impeachment inquiry over Trump’s interactions with Ukraine, the central facts of the January 6 riots are known. A group of Trump supporters, inspired by his false allegations of stolen elections, brutally attacked police and stormed the Capitol to suspend evidence of President Joe Biden’s victory.

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However, there are still unanswered questions about the attack on the Capitol, and lawmakers say they have promised to offer full accounting to prevent it from happening again.

The commission is investigating every aspect of the riot, including what Trump himself was doing during the riot, the links between the rioters who attacked the White House and the building.

The panel is also probing how the protests were funded before and during the riots, including a rally in the ellipsoid on January 6.

“But what was the role of the president, the biggest black box? What was the role of the people in the White House? How did the president know who would be at this rally?” Adam Schiff, the commission’s chairman sitting on the House intelligence panel, said in an interview with C-SPAN.

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“There are a lot of important unanswered questions,” the California Democrat said.

Trump’s allegations of widespread fraud have been strongly dismissed by a series of judges, state election officials, and Trump’s own Attorney General, William Barr. We have never before established an irregularity of scale that would change the outcome.

comprehensive inquiry

Another goal of the commission is why the United States Capitol Police and federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies were unprepared for the riots that turned into rallies and were unresponsive after it began. It’s about checking whether that was enough. We are also looking at factors that led to the attack, such as the role of technology companies and online platforms such as Facebook and Twitter.

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Last week, committee members expanded the scope of their investigation when they called on Jeffrey Clark, a former justice lawyer who had positioned himself as an aide to Donald Trump. The request for documents and testimony from Clarke, who supported Trump’s efforts to challenge the outcome of the 2020 election, comes after Trump and his allies turned to public prosecutors to pursue their false election allegations. Reflects the Commission’s interest in the ongoing turmoil in the Justice Department.

The commission plans to investigate based on the results of other investigations, including large-scale prosecutions by the US Department of Justice against more than 600 rioters from nearly every state. But in the end, the final report submitted by the commission will be different from the efforts of the DOJ.

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What kind of power does the panel have?

For now, the panel is conducting private interviews rather than public hearings, trying to build a comprehensive picture of what happened that day and the people behind it.

But it isn’t always easy. This is especially true for the former White House chief of staff and best friends, who learned that dismissing Congress during his presidency had no consequences.

The Speaker has the power to issue summons and can also pursue offenses against witnesses of the summons who refuse to comply. On Wednesday, the commission will begin the process with a vote recommending criminal offenses against Bannon over the last week’s summons.

The Full House then votes on whether to send the recommendation to the Justice Department, which decides whether to prosecute. Biden asked the Justice Department to prosecute, but Attorney General Merrick Garland did not show what he would do.

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what is next?

The January 6 panel has so far issued 19 summons as thousands of pages of documents have come to the committee and its staff.

In addition to Bannon, lawmakers said they were “involved” with two other Trump officials, former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows and former Pentagon official Kashyap Patel. It’s unclear whether Trump’s longtime social media director and one of his most loyal allies Dance Cabino will work together.

Thirteen of the summons issued plans for a rally in support of Trump prior to the attack, including a major event on Siege Day when the president told his supporters to “fight like hell.” It was for the officers who supported it.

These individuals were ordered to appear in separate statements set by the commission from late October to early November.

The commission also receives support from the Biden administration for information and documentation. Biden rejected Trump’s claim of executive privilege surrounding documents required from Trump’s time in the White House. The setup for his possible release to Congress is scheduled for mid-November.

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It is unknown at this time when the commission will summarize the investigation and publish the final report.

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Associated Press writers Marie Claire Geronic and Lisa Mascaro contributed to this report.

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