In Washington, there are a lot of people who speak English Congressman Bennie Thompson, the head of a House committee that’s looking into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, said on Sunday that former Attorney General William Barr has talked to investigators.
“In the past, we’ve talked to the former attorney general. They said they’ve talked to people from the Department of Defense. Thompson said this on Face the Nation “In response to the question of whether the committee would talk to Barr about a draught executive order that was reportedly given to former President Trump, the committee said no.
On “Face the Nation,” Congressman Bennie Thompson talked about his work.
“We are worried that our military helped to spread the idea that the election was a fake, and we don’t like that. The public needs to know, even though it’s just a discussion. We haven’t had that before “It didn’t stop.
There were a lot of news stories last week about a draught executive order that was given to the committee by the National Archives last year. It was part of a lot of documents the committee asked for. Trump tried to stop the House Intelligence Committee from getting the reams of records from his White House, but the Supreme Court didn’t do that last week. That means the National Archives can give the documents to the House committee.
The draught executive order, which was first reported on by Politico, never came into effect, and it’s not clear who wrote it. It said that the secretary of defence could “seize, collect, retain, and analyse all machines, equipment, electronically stored information, and material records required for retention” under a federal law that governs the retention and preservation of election records. The order was set to come into effect on December 16, 2020.
Thompson said the committee doesn’t know if anyone in the Pentagon was working on the idea of taking voting machines. But he said the draught executive order “is enough to believe that it was being proposed.”
“We know that between the Department of Justice and the Department of Defense, there was a plan that could have led to the seizure of voting machines across the country.”
It is also looking into whether Republican presidential electors in five states that President Biden won tried to cast unofficial votes and send in fake Electoral College certificates that said Trump, not Biden, won their states.
In a statement, Thompson said the panel is concerned that false documents were filed by people who said they were in charge of organising and certifying elections.
A lot of the time, if you change documents, that’s a crime, he said. The Justice Department will decide if there will be prosecutions.
As part of its investigation, the committee has sent subpoenas to many people. White House aides, the people who organised a protest in front of Trump Tower on January 6, and people who are friends of the president are some of them. The committee is now reviewing documents it got from the National Archives, which have more than 700 pages of documents in them.
During public hearings, they should start in the spring, he told me.
“All the people we think are important and necessary for our investigation will be kept in touch with as part of our plan. Some we’ll talk to, and some we’ll do under oath. Others will be able to hear from us “Thompson said that, and I agree with him. “But I can tell you that as we work on this information, we will make sure to make it clear to the public. Public hearings will show how the Department of Justice, the Department of Defense, and other government agencies used their power to stop the election of a president. When the time is right, we will.”