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US Capitol riot: Trump White House records wanted by House panel

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, is seen at the Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington, on July 1, 2021. (Photo by AP)

A US congressional committee has demanded records related to members of former President Donald Trump’s inner circle, in an attempt to shed light on his administration’s possible role in the Jan. 6 deadly attack on the Capitol.

The House of Representatives Select Committee said in a statement Wednesday it wanted archived communications from the Trump White House as well as seven other Executive Branch agencies.

The committee's chairman, Bennie Thompson, wrote eight letters, the longest of which is addressed to the National Archives and Records Administration, which holds records from the Trump administration.

The seven other letters went to seven Executive Branch agencies, giving them two weeks to produce the materials.

Agencies that fail to meet the deadline — Sept. 9 — would likely receive subpoenas for the information.

“Our Constitution provides for a peaceful transfer of power, and this investigation seeks to evaluate threats to that process,” Thompson wrote.

He said the committee seeks to “identify lessons learned and recommend laws, policies, procedures, rules, or regulations necessary to protect our republic in the future.”

The records being sought by Thompson also related to how the events of Jan. 6 “fit in the continuum of efforts to subvert the rule of law, overturn the results of the November 3, 2020 election, or otherwise impede the peaceful transfer of power.”

Three of his letters addressed leaders of the Departments of Defense, Homeland Security, Justice and the Interior.

Four other letters are to the directors of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), the National Counterterrorism Center and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Trump was impeached for inciting his supporters to storm the Capitol building, where lawmakers were in the process of confirming Biden’s win in the 2020 presidential election.

The attack resulted in the death of at least five people, including a police officer who was guarding the Congress building.

House Democrats, who formed the committee, say Trump's fellow Republicans are seeking to obfuscate the fact that the riot was spearheaded by the Trump supporters.

Several bipartisan committees have so far failed to investigate the storming, which according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi was an attempt to "overthrow" the government.

Pelosi has instructed the House panel members probing the attack to run "a comprehensive investigation as to who organized this attack, who paid for it, how they nearly succeeded in overthrowing a presidential election, why they did it and how we must organize ourselves to prevent anything like it from ever happening again."

The committee has formerly stressed that Trump and his inner will be included in the investigation.

The latest ’s request came a month after the panel held its first hearing.

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