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Report: US Congress committee probing Jan. 6 attack receives ‘thousands of docs’

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)
Rioters supporting Donald Trump storm the US Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 6, 2021. (Photo by AP)

A  US congressional committee leading a probe into the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol has obtained “thousands of documents” ahead of Thursday’s submission deadline.

The National Archives, which caters to presidential information, has also begun an overview of documents linked to former US President Donald Trump’s office, a Reuters report said Friday.

The US House of Representatives, controlled by Democrats, had last month requested material related to the attack on Capitol Hill from American corporations and government agencies – with a submission deadline of September 9.

“With several hours to go before today’s deadline, the select committee has received thousands of pages of documents in response to our first set of requests and our investigative team is actively engaged to keep that flow of information going,” the committee spokesperson said.

The panel requested for White House information possessed by the National Archives and Records Administration, in addition to material from the departments of defence, homeland safety, interior and justice, and the FBI, National Counterterrorism Center and the director of national intelligence.

It also requested social media corporations like Facebook Inc, Twitter Inc and Alphabet Inc’s Google to deliver message logs related to the assault on Capitol Hill by Trump supporters.

The committee’s request included records related to the violence and the days leading up to it, including the dissemination of misinformation and efforts to stop the certification of Joe Biden’s election.

The lawsuits were also posted on online forums and social media sites such as 4chan, 8kun, Gab, Parler, Reddit, and Snapchat.

“The select committee is also aware that the National Archives has undertaken the process required by law for the review of presidential records,” the committee spokesman said in the statement, on reports that the materials are protected by executive privilege.

Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy, the House minority leader, threatened companies that obeyed with the committee’s request, saying Republicans “will not forget.”

A large number of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6 this year as the US Congress was meeting to certify Biden’s presidential election victory.

About 600 people have been arrested in connection with the attack, described as the worst violence since the British invasion during the 1812 War.

Four people died in the attack, including a senior police officer.

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