The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is uncovering new information about the deadly riot as it reviews thousands of pages of documents obtained by federal agencies and private companies, members of the panel say.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) told Forbes that as the committee reviews the documents they’ve already received, new facts about how the attack was “organized, financed and executed” are “surfacing every single day.”
The committee is still waiting on more documents and it may begin issuing subpoenas in the coming weeks, according to Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the committee’s chair and co-chair respectively.
Cheney said there is “a lot… of investigative work” behind the scenes as the panel prepares to hold more hearings, adding that there will be “very clear, aggressive and serious progress over the coming weeks” on subpoenaing witnesses.
Those requests target everyone from Trump allies and alleged Capitol rioters to Republicans in Congress and former President Donald Trump himself, focusing on not only the attack, but the factors that led to it and the federal government’s response.
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.
“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.”
The five House Republicans who were slated to serve on the panel have formed something of a committee-in-exile investigating the attack, according to Rep. Troy Nehls (R-Texas). “We work as a committee, the five of us… we all have our strengths in certain areas,” he said, adding that the GOP probe will “present the facts as we see them” and accusing the select committee of being too focused on Trump.