Congressman Thompson said the House special committee planned to contact several hundred people.
Mississippi Congressman Bennie Thompson, chairman chosen by Speaker Nancy Pelosi of the House special committee investigating the Jan.6 riot on Capitol Hill, told reporters they would be looking for electronic communications related to the attack. He added that they would even seek electronic communications from lawmakers.
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When asked if the committee has interviewed members or sent letters, Thompson said he has yet to send any information to members or anyone for that matter.
Congressman Thompson said the committee will send letters to telecommunications and social media companies, along with requests for phone tapes and other relevant documents. He said they have a “fairly comprehensive” list of people and there are several hundred that make up the list of people the House special committee is considering contacting.
“Well, I’m not going to give you the names of these people. But, you know, when it comes to the telecommunications companies, these are the ones you pretty much know already, ”remarked Congressman Thompson. “Big networks, social media platforms, that sort of thing. “
If the companies contacted do not respond to the committee’s request, Thompson said the panel will issue subpoenas.
The special House committee investigating the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill has yet to schedule another public hearing. Thompson said the panel will make a decision on the direction of its next hearing before the end of the week.
Last week, Reuters reported that the FBI “found little evidence that the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol was the result of an organized plot to overturn the presidential election result, according to four current and former law enforcement officials.
Reuters wrote in the August 21 article:
“Although federal officials have arrested more than 570 suspected participants, the FBI believes at this point that the violence was not centrally coordinated by extreme right-wing groups or prominent supporters then-President Donald Trump, according to sources, who were either directly involved or regularly briefed on the broad investigations.