House Jan. 6 committee releases transcripts from investigation

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riot delayed the release of its final report on Wednesday, but provided new details with the release of 34 transcripts of statements made during its investigation.

Many of the transcripts released are from lesser-known figures who played behind-the-scenes roles in former President Trump and his allies’ attempt to overthrow the 2020 presidential election, although the list includes some of the biggest names involved such as California attorney John Eastman, who Architect of Trump’s legal theory, which posits that the vice president could reject voters in certain states.

Almost all, at some point during their testimony, made a plea for the 5th Amendment in response to questions from committee members and staff, showing what information the panel was hoping to learn and what dots they were attempting to connect. For example, the committee asked Trump confidante Roger Stone if he discussed January 6 and strategies for the day during a meeting with Trump on December 27, 2020 at the former president’s home in Florida.

The committee wanted to know from Eastman what emails and phone numbers he used to discuss the 2020 election, where he stored any documents related to the election, and if he would provide specific documents, such as a seven-page paper , which he wrote that Rudy Giuliani shared with Georgia lawmakers during a State Senate Judiciary hearing on December 3, 2020. The January 6 Committee of the House of Representatives asked if he would address state lawmakers after the 2020 election have.

Investigators also asked detailed questions about the memo Eastman wrote about the vice president’s role in confirming the election results. They noted that he had discussed his memo in media interviews with Presidential permission, although he invoked the 5th Amendment in conversations with investigators.

Eastman was the only named person, aside from Trump, who was referred by the committee to the Justice Department for possible criminal charges arising from the panel’s investigation.

Wednesday’s release is just part of more than 1,000 statements made during the committee’s 18-month investigation, which ends with the release of the final report. Republicans are not expected to reconstitute the committee when they take control of the House of Representatives on Jan. 3.

The final report, which the committee says it plans to release Thursday, is expected to include additional evidence on what the committee presented during its nine public hearings this year, as well as detailed descriptions of the plan being pushed by Trump and his allies to repeal the The results of the 2020 presidential election using state legislatures and the courts. House Jan. 6 committee releases transcripts from investigation

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