Congress asks for testimony from Capitol riot defendants who have pleaded guilty

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The January 6th Select Committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol is requesting defendants who have testified before them to gain information about their motivations for joining the crowd.

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The rioters are being asked to voluntarily travel to Washington DC to explain how they became involved in the deadly stampede that caused hundreds to storm the US Capitol and for lawmakers to evacuate the House and Senate chambers force to.

politician Received letters sent by the House Select Committee to lawyers for several defendants, who have already admitted their share in the riots.

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“The Selection Committee is examining the facts, circumstances and reasons as of January 6, 2021, to identify and evaluate the lessons learned and recommend corrective legislation, policies, procedures, rules or regulations,” the letter said. can go.”

“As part of that effort, we would like to interview your client, whom we understand has accepted responsibility and pleaded guilty.”

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The committee has intensified its investigation into recent riots and issued summons to four close aides of former President Donald Trump.

Mr Trump has vowed to fight the subpoena, but the White House said on Friday it would not stand in the way of the committee getting his phone records.

More than 600 rioters accused of attacking the Capitol as the 2020 election was being attested, nearly 60 have already pleaded guilty to participating in the riot.

Most of them have pleaded guilty to crimes such as trespass, and have not yet been sentenced. They may qualify for more lenient sentences if they choose to comply with the committee’s request.

On Wednesday, the committee issued subpoenas to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former White House deputy chief of staff for communications Dan Scavino, former Defense Department official Kash Patel and former Trump senior adviser Steve Bannon.

All four people are believed to have been in close contact with Trump as far back as January 6 and during the riots itself.

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that President Joe Biden will not invoke executive privileges on Trump’s phone records.

“The president has already reached the conclusion that it would not be appropriate to claim executive privileges and therefore we will respond to these questions promptly,” Ms. Psaki said in a press briefing.

“We are working closely with Congressional committees and others as they work to get to the bottom of what happened on January 6th, an incredibly dark day in our democracy.”

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Congress

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