The head of the House special committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has fired a series of sweeping requests for information about the final days of the Trump administration — attempting to use photos, timestamps and documents to identify the Trump administration. day of the riots minute by minute.
Other requests demand all documents related to the 25th Amendment to the Constitution for cases where the cabinet wants to remove a president because he is “unable” to perform the duties of the office.
The panel wants the Pentagon to hand over information about the use of the Insurrection Act, notices about “imposing martial law” and information about “defying orders from the president.”
The requests also seek detailed information about staff changes at the Pentagon in the final weeks of the Trump administration, as Trump installed political loyalists and warned former defense chiefs that the military must stay out of politics.
Taken together, the requests indicate an aggressive effort to pull together a complete accounting system, both of Trump’s efforts to nullify the election results by sifting through a wealth of government data and documents to reconstruct his efforts, as well as cataloging internal resistance.
Rep. Mississippi’s Bennie Thompson, who chairs the select committee set up by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the Democrat-led House after the collapse of an attempt to create an independent commission, is calling on the country’s archivist to to hand over detailed information from inside the White House that was turned over to that office after Joe Biden was sworn in.
The 12-page letter to the archivist tries to delve deep into Trump’s attempt to overthrow the election, asking for: “any documents and communications relating to any effort, plans or proposals to run in the 2020 presidential election.”
The House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riots is seeking detailed information about the White House on January 6 and Trump’s election campaign.
This includes discussions of “delaying or obstructing the electoral count” — amid Trump’s public and since-revealed private conversations alleging fraud and demanding action by Justice Department officials.
The letter lists election officials who have been the focus of Trump’s efforts, including the Georgia government Brian Kemp and the Arizona government Doug Ducey.
It also lists attorneys involved in Trump’s efforts, including former associate Rudy Giuliania, “Kraken” attorney Sidney Powell, and attorneys Kurt Olsen and Cleta Mitchell, and seeks information on “MyPillow” CEO Mike Lindell, who was seen at the White House in the last days of the administration.
It even seeks information on polls and predictions from Trump pollster Tony Fabrizio. Trump has repeatedly cited polls saying he would win the election as proof that it must have been stolen.
Thompson’s panel wants White House visitor logs showing who was in the building on the day of the “Stop the Steal” rally that preceded the Capitol riot.
“The Select Committee to Investigation’s January 6 attack on the United States Capitol is investigating the facts, circumstances and causes of the January 6 attack,” Thompson said in a statement.
It also seeks information on extremist groups, including the Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, QAnon and Three Percenters.
And the commission is seeking information on several figures in Trump’s orbit or who were connected with Stop the Steal events, including Enrique Tarrio of the Proud Boys, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones, former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn and former New York Police Commissioner Bernard. Kerik, as well as longtime casual Trump adviser Roger Stone.
Lawmakers want all the information about Capitol security that the White House had and information about the electoral count that took place that day
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Proud Boys chairman Enrique Tarrio is one of the individuals the committee seeks information about in requests to the archives
It also wants information on MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell
It also mentions casual Trump adviser and pardon recipient Roger Stone
A previous request requested information on Trump White House official and family members, including Ivanka Trump
“Our Constitution provides for a peaceful transfer of power, and this research aims to evaluate the threats to that process, identify lessons learned, and recommend any laws, policies, procedures, rules or regulations necessary to sustain our republic in the future. to protect.’
A letter to Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin seeks information about “potential or actual changes” in DOD personnel between Election Day and Inauguration Day. It seeks “all documents and communications regarding the possible use of military force to impede or ensure the peaceful transfer of power,” and regarding any delay in transitional activities.
A more general request to the Pentagon asks for “all documents and communications regarding possible attempts by President Donald Trump to remain in office after January 20, 2021.”
The letter asks for all documents related to DOD officials seeking to contact Trump on Jan. 6 — when there was a delay in obtaining troops to support the manned Capitol and DC police.
And it will seek “all documents and communications related to the Twenty-Fifth Amendment” between the election and Jan. 20 — which regulates a way to remove an incapacitated or incapacitated president from office.
The letters from Thompson’s panel, which include Republicans Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, also reiterate March’s requests from the House Oversight Committee that have not yet been granted.
The panel has subpoena powers if authorities refuse to comply.