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January 6 Commission

Tracking the National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex, known colloquially as the January 6 commission, known colloquially as the January 6 commission, was a proposed commission that would have investigated the 2021 United States Capitol attack.

Passed House (05/19/2021)

National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex Act. This bill establishes in the legislative branch the National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex. more...

Kevin Johnson | USA TODAY

Attorney General Merrick Garland made no commitment to prosecute former Trump adviser Steve Bannon on contempt of Congress charges, telling a House committee Thursday that the Justice Department would "apply the facts and the law." Garland's testimony came just before the full House voted to hold the former Trump strategist in contempt for refusing to comply with a subpoena issued by a select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. more...

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) was kicked off the Jan. 6 Committee, but that hasn’t stopped him from asking agencies for whatever information they provide to the panel.
Roger Sollenberger, Sam Brodey

Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN) was one of the two Republicans that Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) booted from the Jan. 6 Committee in July, but Donald Trump’s staunch ally appears to be using his brief association with the panel to run a shadow investigation of his own.

According to two sources familiar with the situation, Banks sent letters to many of the same federal agencies that the select committee’s chairman, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), has contacted for information regarding the U.S. Capitol attack. more...

By Annie Grayer and Zachary Cohen, CNN

(CNN) GOP Rep. Jim Banks lamented on the House floor that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi prevented him from serving on the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol on Thursday. And yet, Banks sent a letter to at least one government agency falsely claiming that he is ranking member of the committee in his signature.

Fellow Republican Liz Cheney, who serves as vice chair of the committee, called Banks out for his actions on the House floor as the House began debate on the criminal contempt referral of Steve Bannon, a Trump ally, for evading a subpoena. more...

Opinion: There are matters of national security, aspects of diplomacy and other issues that must be kept secret. This is nothing like that.
EJ Montini | Arizona Republic

I’m wondering what part of “public” – as in public office – former President Donald Trump doesn’t understand. The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has requested White House records related to the insurrection, but Trump’s lawyers are trying to prevent that from happening.

They’ve filed a lawsuit against the chairman of the committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, as well as the national archivist, David Ferriero, and a bunch of others in an attempt to keep whatever happened inside the White House during the dark days leading up to Jan. 6 from being exposed. more...

Jon Ward·Chief National Correspondent | Yahoo News

The Jan. 6 House select committee voted unanimously on Tuesday to refer former Trump adviser Steve Bannon to the Justice Department for criminal prosecution in response to his refusal to cooperate with its investigation, paving the way for a full House vote on the matter, which is planned for Thursday.

“Mr. Bannon stands alone in his complete defiance of our subpoena,” said committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. “He’s chosen the path toward criminal contempt by taking this position. more...

Another top Trump Justice Department official, Jeffrey Clark, also got subpoenaed on Wednesday by the panel probing the Capitol attack.

Jeff Rosen, the acting attorney general during the final days of the Trump administration, sat for an interview with the Jan. 6 select committee on Wednesday, according to two sources familiar with the matter. The committee also subpoenaed another top Trump Justice Department official, Jeffrey Clark, for documents and testimony, with a deadline of Oct. 29. more...

By Zachary Cohen, Katelyn Polantz, Ryan Nobles and Annie Grayer, CNN

(CNN) Trump ally Steve Bannon's game of chicken with the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol Hill riot is on the cusp of entering a new and critical phase Thursday as he faces his last chance to reverse course and comply with the panel's subpoena before lawmakers likely move to seek criminal charges.

Bannon's lawyer on Wednesday wrote a letter to the panel saying that his client will not provide testimony or documents until the committee reaches an agreement with former President Donald Trump over executive privilege or a court weighs in on the matter. "That is an issue between the committee and President Trump's counsel and Mr. Bannon is not required to respond at this time," attorney Robert Costello wrote.more...

Azmi Haroun

Steve Bannon's defense team sent another letter to the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the US Capitol maintaining that he and other Trump allies would not produce documents for subpoenas, citing executive privilege, ABC News reported on Wednesday.

"Mr. Bannon's position is not in defiance of your Committee's subpoena; rather, Mr. Bannon noted that President Trump's counsel stated that they were invoking executive and other privileges and therefore directed us not to produce documents or give testimony that might reveal information President Trump's counsel seeks to legally protect," Bannon's attorney, Robert J. Costello, wrote. more...

Analysis by Stephen Collinson, CNN

(CNN) The House's US Capitol insurrection probe is fast turning into a race against time, up against Republican efforts to delay an accounting on ex-President Donald Trump's coup attempt after losing the 2020 election even as he preemptively begins undermining the next one.

It's hardly a shock that members of Trump's orbit are seeking to evade accountability and the rule of law. But it represents a problem for the committee nonetheless, as potential witnesses seek to drag out the process as long as possible. They do so in the knowledge that Republicans who have high hopes in the midterm elections would almost certainly shut down probes into January 6 if they reclaim the House. more...

Andrew Solender Forbes Staff

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The panel has become a partisan lightning rod, with House Republicans railing against the records requests and pressuring companies not to comply, since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi refused to seat Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.), prompting House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy to pull his other three picks. Several right-wing lawmakers have also balked at the prospect of being investigated by the panel.

Crucial Quote
“We’ll be sure that we’re telling the American people the story of what happened. And I think that people know bits and pieces of it . . . but I think laying out the full picture of what really happened, decisions that were made, and how it led to the attack on the Capitol is really going to be our focus,” Cheney said, calling the probe “the single most important investigation, I think, the Congress has ever done, because of the subject matter.” more...

By Albert Hunt, opinion contributor

Rep. Kevin McCarthy (Calif.) and Sen. Mitch McConnell (Ky.), the two Republican congressional leaders who are into power and party, made a big political mistake last spring in opposing a bipartisan commission to investigate the mob assault on the Capitol.

McConnell pressured enough Republican Senators so the measure couldn't get the 60 votes necessary for passage. McCarthy ludicrously claimed he was opposed to any inquiry that didn't investigate left wing activists who had nothing to do with the violent Jan. 6 attack intended to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden's presidential victory. more...

Heard on All Things Considered
Claudia Grisales

Today marks the first of a series of deadlines for federal agencies and social media companies to turn over records to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, who also sits on the select panel, tells NPR...

ADAM SCHIFF: At the end of the day, we are determined to draft a comprehensive report over everything that led up to January 6 and what happened that day and the aftermath. more...

In targeting Clark, House investigators followed up on a Senate report that detailed his efforts to abuse the DoJ to support Trump
Hugo Lowell in Washington

The House select committee investigating the Capitol attack on Wednesday issued a subpoena to top Trump justice department official Jeffrey Clark, escalating its inquiry into the former president’s efforts to reinstall himself in office and the 6 January insurrection.

The new subpoena underscores the select committee’s far-reaching mandate in scrutinizing the origins of the Capitol attack, as it pursues an investigation into Donald Trump’s role in pressuring the justice department (DoJ) to do his bidding in the final weeks of his presidency. more...

By Jim Acosta and Paul LeBlanc, CNN

Washington (CNN) Former Trump aide Dan Scavino has been served a subpoena from the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol, a source familiar with the matter told CNN, bringing an end to the panel's struggle to physically locate him.

A process server brought the subpoena to former President Donald Trump's Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida on Friday, the source said. While Scavino was home in New York at the time, he asked a staff member to accept the subpoena on his behalf. more...


The House Select Commission on the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol has issued 11 additional subpoenas to people involved in organizing pro-Trump events before the attack. Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD) tells Lawrence O’Donnell the commission is making headway on “piecing together the complete story” to determine who was involved in the coordination, planning and funding of the attack. more...

What is Trump and his aides hidding?

CBS Mornings

A deadline for former President Trump's top allies to turn over documents to a House committee investigating the January 6th Capitol attack has come and gone, setting the stage for a potential legal battle. Nikole Killion has the latest. video...

Richard Donoghue’s tenure has drawn scrutiny from congressional investigators as they explore the former president’s attempts to pressure the department to interfere in the 2020 election.

Richard Donoghue — formerly the Justice Department’s second-in-command — appeared for a closed-door interview on Friday with the select panel investigating Jan. 6, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

The interview, one of the panel’s first, comes as its investigators accelerate their probe of the events leading up to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Donoghue’s tenure at the Justice Department in the final days of the Trump administration has drawn scrutiny from lawmakers as they explore the former president’s attempts to pressure the department to interfere in the 2020 election. more...

By Annie Grayer, Zachary Cohen, Ryan Nobles and Whitney Wild, CNN

(CNN) The House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol issued a new round of subpoenas on Thursday, targeting two leaders of the "Stop the Steal" group, Ali Alexander and Nathan Martin, who are also affiliated with the planning of the Washington, DC, rally that was a precursor to the attack.

In addition to seeking depositions from Alexander and Martin, the committee is requesting records from both individuals as well as Stop the Steal LLC, the organization affiliated with the event.

The subpoenas give Alexander and Martin until October 21 for the deadline to turn over documents and October 28 and 29 as days for deposition respectively. The committee asks the custodian of records for the group to turn over documents by October 14. more...

By Ryan Nobles, Zachary Cohen and Annie Grayer, CNN

Washington (CNN) More than a week after subpoenaing former Donald Trump aide Dan Scavino to cooperate with its investigation into the January 6 riot at the US Capitol, the House select committee investigating the attack has been unable to physically serve the subpoena to him, according to multiple sources familiar with the effort.

The news comes just days before the committee's deadline for Scavino and three other close allies of the former President to comply with subpoenas requesting documents by October 7 and a deposition by October 15.

Scavino, Trump's former White House deputy chief of staff, did not respond to CNN's request for comment. One source familiar with the situation joked that the committee should just tweet the subpoena to the former Trump aide since he's been actively trolling the panel there in recent days. more...

By Nikole Killion

The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has begun hearing from witnesses and expects to continue doing so in the days ahead, a committee aide confirmed to CBS News. The aide would not disclose the identities of those who are being questioned by the committee.

The transcribed witness interviews were first reported by Politico. The committee said on September 22 that it had subpoenaed close allies of former President Trump: former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, senior counselor Steve Bannon, communications director Dan Scavino and Pentagon chief of staff Kashyap Patel. Depositions are scheduled for October 14 and 15. more...

The National Archives has identified hundreds of pages of relevant documents, which will be sent to Biden and Trump lawyers.

The White House said Friday that President Joe Biden will not invoke executive privilege on his predecessor’s behalf to shield any Trump White House records from the House’s Jan. 6 committee investigating the Capitol insurrection. White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters that the Trump administration hasn’t reached out to suggest protecting any of the records and that they don’t have regular communication with former President Donald Trump or his team.  more...

By Luke Broadwater

WASHINGTON — The select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol subpoenaed four of President Donald J. Trump’s closest advisers on Thursday, ramping up its scrutiny of what the former president was doing before and during the deadly riot.

The subpoenas, the first the panel has issued, seek information from Mark Meadows, the former White House chief of staff; Dan Scavino Jr., who was a deputy chief of staff; Stephen K. Bannon, Mr. Trump’s former adviser; and Kash Patel, the former Pentagon chief of staff. more...

By John Wagner

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection issued its first sweeping requests Wednesday for records from federal agencies pertaining to the attack on the Capitol and President Donald Trump’s efforts to subvert the election.

In letters demanding materials from the National Archives and seven other agencies, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.), the committee chairman, signaled that an expansive investigation is underway, touching not only on what happened Jan. 6 but also on matters such as “the former President’s knowledge of the election results and what he communicated to the American people about the election.” more...

January 6 committee ramps up its work without a clear path to an outcome
By Ryan Nobles and Annie Grayer, CNN

(CNN) Members of the select committee tasked with examining the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol met behind closed doors with their staff for more than five hours on Monday night -- but as they seek thousands of documents and hours of potential interviews, the ultimate course of the ambitious investigation is still not clear.

It has been four months since House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced plans to form the panel to investigate the deadly riot, and the committee is on the verge of issuing its first subpoenas as it attempts to corral all the information it has requested. more...

'The physical violence we experienced was horrific and devastating': Officers recount harrowing events of Capitol insurrection
By Clare Foran, Jeremy Herb, Lauren Fox and Annie Grayer, CNN

(CNN) The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol kicked off its first high-profile hearing Tuesday with harrowing testimony from officers who experienced firsthand the violent events of that day at the hands of a pro-Trump mob.

The vivid testimony puts witness accounts on the record and a national spotlight on the insurrection, once again forcing a reckoning over the tragic events of January 6 for lawmakers on Capitol Hill as well as the American public. Regardless of the testimony's raw power, entrenched partisan battle lines in the months following the attack and during the shaping of the select committee have ensured that few minds are likely to be changed. Democrats have denounced the Capitol riot as an attack on democracy, while Republicans have almost uniformly downplayed and dismissed the insurrection's implications, especially former President Donald Trump's incitement of it. more...

By Xander Landen

A Republican strategist criticized House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy for threatening telecommunications companies that comply with records requests from the House select committee investigating the Capitol attack, arguing that the GOP leader is "trying to bury" the facts.

"I think the threats are basically grandstanding, especially for an audience of one, meaning the former president. We all know that Kevin McCarthy basically does what the former president wants him to do—in this case, it's go after Big Tech like Donald Trump did when he was president," the strategist, Susan Del Percio, said on MSNBC Sunday. "This is all about operating from fear," she said later in the interview. more...

Congressional committees have routinely subpoenaed data from private companies, but the House minority leader says a future GOP majority “will not forget.”

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday threatened to use a future GOP majority to punish companies that comply with the House’s Jan. 6 investigators, warning that “a Republican majority will not forget.”

McCarthy called out Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for what he called “attempts to strong-arm private companies to turn over individuals’ private data.” He asserted that such a forfeiture of information would “put every American with a phone or computer in the crosshairs of a surveillance state run by Democrat politicians.” more...

Kevin Breuninger, Christina Wilkie

The House select committee investigating the deadly invasion of the Capitol on Jan. 6 said Friday it is demanding a trove of records from 15 social media companies, including Facebook, Twitter, Google and a slew of pro-Trump platforms.

The requests for records stretching back to the spring of 2020 are related to “the spread of misinformation, efforts to overturn the 2020 election or prevent the certification of the results, domestic violent extremism, and foreign influence in the 2020 election,” the committee said in a press release. more...

With a deal struck in the House for a bipartisan panel, GOP efforts to downplay the Trump-incited attack on the Capitol show the need for an independent investigation—and represent the biggest impediment to carrying one out.
By Eric Lutz

Months after Donald Trump incited a deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol, lawmakers appear poised to move forward with a commission to investigate the incident. Democrat Bennie Thompson, chair of the Homeland Security Committee in the House, announced on Friday that he and John Katko, the panel’s top Republican, had reached a “bipartisan agreement” for a January 6 Commission, similar to the one established twenty years ago to investigate the September 11 terrorist attacks. Democrats hailed the agreement, which could make it to the House floor next week, as a major step toward accountability for the insurrection and toward preventing similar violence in the future. “Inaction—or just moving on—is simply not an option,” Thompson said in a statement, nodding at the insistence by a number of high profile Republicans that the incident is old news. “The creation of this commission is our way of taking responsibility for protecting the U.S. Capitol.” more...

By Philip Elliott

It’s been quite a week already for Rep. John Katko. On Monday, he joined the Leadership team of his fellow House Republicans, replacing his colleague Elise Stefanik who got a major promotion. Less than 24 hours later, Katko found himself thrown under the bus by his new boss, House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, for delivering a bipartisan deal to look into the deadly Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. And today, Katko’s framework finds itself heading toward rejection by the same people who told him to do it. more...

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell joined the chorus of Republican leadership formally urging members to vote against the measure.
By Adam Edelman, Rebecca Shabad and Dartunorro Clark

WASHINGTON — The House on Wednesday voted 252-175 to create an independent commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, but the bill faces a different landscape in the Senate, where it needs at least 10 Republicans and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell opposes it.

Republican opposition coalesced against the bipartisan legislation hours before the House vote, which passed largely along party lines. But 35 GOP House members voted in favor of the bill, showing that divisions remain within the party on issues related to former President Donald Trump. more...

Commentary (Los Angeles Times)
by Brian Michael Jenkins

The history of politically charged violence in and against the United States can be read in the reports of its national commissions. The Warren Commission investigated the Kennedy assassination. The Kerner Commission looked at the causes of urban uprisings in the 1960s. Terrorist attacks from the 1983 Beirut bombings to 9/11 prompted the creation of commissions aimed at coming to grips with the growing threat.

The takeover of the U.S. Capitol on January 6 demands such an inquiry. Last week, a bill to establish a national commission to investigate the attack was introduced in the House.

A single determined shooter could have turned the attack on the Capitol into a massacre. Hostages could have been taken. Bombs could have been planted. Fires set. A branch of the federal government has not been so seriously threatened since 9/11. Already inspectors general of four federal agencies have begun investigations of security and intelligence. more...

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