The Home committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol obtained a proper request by the Division of Justice to share copies of its witness interviews, which the committee will do “in due time,” chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) mentioned Thursday.
“We will’t cease our work as a result of somebody writes us a letter,” Thompson mentioned following the panel’s third listening to on the Capitol riot. “Now, we are going to cooperate with them, however the committee has its personal timetable.”
The Justice Division despatched a letter to the committee on Wednesday urging the committee to offer copies of all its witness interviews. The company careworn that the depositions are essential to its investigation into the Jan. 6 violence.
“It’s now readily obvious that the interviews the Choose Committee performed will not be simply probably related to our total prison investigation, however are seemingly related to particular prosecutions which have already commenced,” the letter acknowledged. “The Choose Committee’s failure to grant the Division entry to those transcripts complicates the Division’s potential to research and prosecute those that engaged in prison conduct in relation to the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol.”
Thompson emphasised that the committee obtained the letter “simply yesterday.”
“We’re reviewing it. We’ll reply to it, however we’re within the midst of conducting our hearings. We’ve got a program to recover from. We’ve got to get the info and circumstances behind Jan. 6,” he mentioned. “We’re not going to cease what we’re doing to share the knowledge that we’ve gotten to this point with the Division of Justice. We’ve got to do our work.”
Thompson mentioned that the transcripts wouldn’t be submitted to the Division of Justice by the top of the week.
“That doesn’t imply we’re not going to company,” he mentioned. “We’ve interviewed over 1,000 witnesses. Which means we’d need to cease what we’re doing, then work with the Division of Justice. We are going to finally cooperate with them. … We’ve got quite a lot of different issues to do.
“No person desires to resolve what occurred greater than our committee, and we are going to try this,” he mentioned.