The committee in charge of the riot investigation on January 6 must retain all documents and transcripts, according to House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, a Republican from California. McCarthy specifically stated that the Jan.
6 investigation’s work will come to an end once Republicans take control of the House of Representatives in January in a letter sent to committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. McCarthy also emphasized that all investigation-related documents must be preserved “for transparency.”
“This probe took an entire year and a half, costing millions of tax dollars. All material must be retained to maintain transparency with the American people and institutional rights as well “McCarthy penned. The American people are entitled to all the material you obtained, not just that which supports your political goal, and they own the official Congressional Records, not you or any other member.
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In a Washington Post article, 15 former and current committee employees “raised fears that critical facts unrelated to [previous President] Trump will not become available to the American public,” according to the letter. These staff members expressed frustration to the Post over Rep.
Kevin McCarthy’s letter demanding that the Jan. 6 committee preserve its records is mostly nonsense because the committee is planning to release all but a few of its transcripts.
But he does include this confusingly worded suggestion about prosecuting people for false statements pic.twitter.com/Dp8Rc8lAOS
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Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., one of just two Republicans on the committee, attempting to omit evidence not specifically related to former President Trump from the investigation’s final report. In the upcoming Congress, McCarthy pledged further hearings that would look into the topics the Jan. 6 committee missed, namely “why the Capitol complex was not safe on January 6, 2021.”
McCarthy wrote, referring to a federal law that makes it unlawful to make false statements to the government, “The American people have a right to know that the allegations you have made are supported by the facts and to be able to view the transcripts to encourage enforcement of 18 USC 1001.”
The transcripts of the committee’s more than 1,000 interviews will be made public along with the final report before Christmas Day, Thompson told reporters on Wednesday. According to the “pre-arranged agreement,” he added, names of interview subjects may occasionally be excluded from the report due to security concerns. The report will be made available digitally.