House Committee Chairs Send Letters Seeking Documents About January 6 Attack on U.S. Capitol

Mar 25, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. (March 25, 2021)—Today, Committee and Subcommittee Chairs across the House of Representatives sent letters to the White House, federal agencies, law enforcement, and Legislative Branch entities, including the House and Senate Sergeant at Arms, seeking documents and communications relating to the January 6, 2021, domestic terrorist assault on the Capitol.

 

“Our Committees are requesting information relating to the January 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol, which killed five people and injured hundreds more,” the Chairs wrote.

 

In today’s letters, the Chairs requested documents and communications from three key time periods—before, during, and after the attack—which relate to the counting of the Electoral College vote, or the potential for demonstrations, violence, or attacks in the National Capital Region on or around January 6, 2021.

 

In the letters to the FBI and the Department of Justice, the Chairs explained, “We understand that the Department continues to investigate and prosecute individuals involved in the events on January 6, 2021.  We are happy to work with you to ensure that the document requests in this letter do not interfere with ongoing investigations and prosecutions.”

 

The letters were signed by:

 

Oversight and Reform Committee Chair Carolyn B. Maloney

Armed Services Committee Chair Adam Smith

Committee on House Administration Chair Zoe Lofgren

Homeland Security Committee Chair Bennie G. Thompson

Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence Chair Adam B. Schiff

Judiciary Committee Chair Jerrold Nadler

Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense Chair Betty McCollum

Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Chair Chellie Pingree

Appropriations Subcommittee on Legislative Branch Chair Tim Ryan

 

The letters were sent to:

 

Executive Branch

White House Chief of Staff Ronald A. Klain

National Archives and Records Administration Archivist David S. Ferriero

Attorney General Merrick B. Garland

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray

Department of Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III

National Guard Bureau Chief General Daniel R. Hokanson

Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro N. Mayorkas

Office of the Director of National Intelligence Director Avril Haines

Department of the Interior Secretary Deb Haaland

U.S. Park Police Chief Pamela A. Smith

 

District of Columbia

District of Columbia Mayor Muriel Bowser

Metropolitan Police Department Acting Chief Robert J. Contee III

 

Legislative Branch Entities

Architect of the Capitol J. Brett Blanton

Acting House Sergeant at Arms Timothy P. Blodgett

Senate Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper Karen Gibson

U.S. Capitol Police Acting Chief Yogananda D. Pittman

 

Click here to read today’s letters.

 

Issues: 
117th Congress