WASHINGTON — Top Justice Department officers heading up the felony investigation into the breach of the U.S. Capitol have requested the House Committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault for transcripts of interviews carried out within the congressional probe, NBC News has confirmed.
Justice Department Criminal Division chief Kenneth Polite and U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew Graves despatched a letter requesting transcripts of interviews to the lead investigator for the House panel, former U.S. Attorney Timothy Heaphy. The New York Times first reported on the existence of the letter, which was despatched almost a month in the past on April 20. A source aware of the letter confirmed its contents to NBC News.
The Justice Department has requested to overview transcripts of the closed-door interviews, a congressional aide informed NBC News, talking on situation of anonymity to debate the division’s inquiry. Rep. Bennie Thompson, who chairs the committee, additionally mentioned on Tuesday that the committee is contemplating precisely find out how to make the transcripts accessible to the Justice Department, the aide mentioned.
The Justice Department has charged almost 800 folks in reference to the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol, and greater than 280 have pleaded responsible. Several defendants have cooperated with the Jan. 6 committee, and their testimony has been seen favorably by judges at sentencing hearings.