The Justice Department this week renewed its request for transcripts of witness interviews from the House Jan. 6 select committee, arguing that the committee’s “failure” to release the transcripts would complicate their efforts to prosecute the defendants.
The request came as part of a motion filed by two alleged members of the Proud Boys, who requested that their trial on treason conspiracy charges be postponed from August to December.
Prosecutors agreed with the motion, writing that the defendants would face “bias” if the transcripts were released after the trial began.
US Attorney Matthew Graves, Assistant Attorney General Kenneth Pollite, Jr. And along with Matthew Olsen, they attached a letter in motion Wednesday to the committee’s chief investigative attorney, Timothy Heffey.
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“It is now clear that the interviews conducted by the Select Committee may be relevant not only to our overall criminal investigations, but also to specific prosecutions already initiated. Due to this overlap, it is crucial that the Select Committee make use of all its transcripts of witness interviews,” the prosecutors wrote in the letter.
“The select committee’s failure to grant departmental access to these transcripts complicates the department’s ability to investigate and prosecute those involved in the criminal conduct of the January 6 attack on Capital.”
Rep. Benny Thompson, chairman of the D-Miss., Jan. 6 committee, told reporters Thursday that he received the letter Wednesday and said he would work with the DOJ “at the appointed time.”
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“It does not stop what we are doing to share the information we have gained so far with the Department of Justice. We must do our job,” Rep. Thompson said.
“We will eventually cooperate with them. We have five more trials. We still have a lot of work to do.”
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According to a letter written by prosecutors to the committee this week, the Justice Department actually requested the transcripts on April 20.
Transliterations are likely to be released in September as the Committee on Capital Riots finalizes its report.