The House Select Committee investigating the deadly Jan 6 insurrection received thousands of documents hours before a Friday deadline.
“With several hours to go before today’s deadline, the Select Committee had received thousands of pages of documents in response to our first set of requests, and our investigative team is actively engaged to keep that flow of information going,” the Select Committee tweeted.
“These records supplement the material we’ve received from other House Committees related to their earlier probes of January 6th. The Select Committee is also aware that the National Archives has undertaken the process required by law for review of presidential records.”
The committee gave multiple agencies a deadline to disclose the requested documents. The council did not give details about the documents that they received.
The committee requested that several social media companies preserve records of people connected to the Capitol riot.
The committee held its first public hearing in July. Four police officers testified about their experiences on January 6th defending the U.S. Capitol in the face of a violent mob aiming to derail the peaceful transfer of power.
Soon after the hearing, they requested records from multiple Executive Branch agencies, including the National Archives and Records Administration, the Department of Defense, the Department of Homeland Security, The Department of the Interior, the Department of Justice, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Counterterrorism Center, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.
The committee followed up with requests from various social media companies, seeking information, including records 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 Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol is examining the facts, circumstances, and causes of the attack and relating to the peaceful transfer of power, in order to identify and evaluate lessons learned and to recommend corrective laws, policies, procedures, rules, or regulations,” wrote Chairman Bennie Thompson.