The House committee tasked with investigating the Jan. 6 riot on Capitol Hill is seeking first-hand accounts from participants.
Several lawyers of defendants who have already pled guilty to taking part in the deadly uprising said they have received communications requesting their clients appear before the panel, which is headed up by Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), Politico reported.
“The Select Committee is examining the facts, circumstances, and causes of January 6, 2021, in order to identify and evaluate lessons learned and to recommend corrective law, policies, procedures, rules or regulations,” read one letter. “As part of that effort, we would like to interview your client, who we understand has accepted responsibility and pleaded guilty.”
The committee is also investigating former President Trump’s role in fomenting the riot — for which he was impeached by the House of Representatives.
Attorneys for many of the Jan. 6 rioters have blamed Trump as part of their legal defenses saying their clients were misled — or even brainwashed — by the former president.