“We understand that the Department continues to investigate and prosecute the persons involved in the events of January 6, 2021,” they wrote in a letter to the Department of Justice. “We are pleased to work with you to ensure that the documents requested in this letter do not interfere with ongoing investigations and prosecutions.”
The Congressional inquiry recalls the efforts of various committees that pursued Trump’s first impeachment inquiry in 2019. At the time, Pelosi was meeting regularly with six key committee chairs that were conducting Trump-related investigations.
The panels seeking the Jan.6 response are the Judiciary, Oversight, Armed Services, House Administration, Appropriations, Homeland Security and Intelligence Committees, each of which has jurisdiction over elements of the federal response and Security of the Capitol.
The nearly identical letters were sent to the White House, the National Archives, the Justice Department, the FBI, the Pentagon, the National Guard, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Interior, the US Park Police. And the intelligence community.
The committee chairs also communicated with the District of Columbia government and police department, as well as internal Congressional agencies such as the Architect of the Capitol, the Capitol Police, and the House and Senate Sergeants-at-Arms.
Pelosi has been lobbying for a 1/6 Commission reminiscent of the post-9/11 review authorized nearly two decades after the September 11, 2001 attacks. But the plan fell through when Republicans demanded that the commission’s scope expand beyond January 6 to include left-wing violence. Republicans blamed Pelosi’s draft proposal for giving Democrats a numerical advantage on the panel. Pelosi has said that the structure is negotiable.
When asked about the status of the commission on Thursday, Pelosi told reporters that she is still pursuing a bipartisan approach, but hinted at what was to come: “We have other, let’s say, paths.”
Sarah Ferris contributed reporting.