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Jan 6. House Select Committee releases sweeping records request, including call logs of Trump – New York Post

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The Jan. 6 House Select Committee has issued a wide-ranging records request to the National Archives and Records Administration and several other agencies, including phone records from members of congress, as a part of their investigation into the Capitol Riot

The nine-member panel, which held its first hearing around the Jan. 6 Capitol riot last month, began its investigatory process with the sweeping range of requests released on Wednesday.

Among their requests, the Select Committee reiterated several sent in late March by multiple House committees including “all documents and communications relating in any way to remarks made by Donald Trump or any other persons on January 6,” the former president’s Twitter messages from that day, all video or photograph media taken inside the White House on Jan. 6, and all documents and communications from within the White House on Jan. 6 that related to that morning’s rally, the march to the Capitol, violence at the Capitol, former President Donald Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence, and any aspect of Congress’ joint session where the certification of electoral votes took place. 

US President Donald Trump protest inside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021
The House Select Committee asked the National Archives and seven government agencies for a vast trove of documents related to the Capitol riot.
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The Select Committee is also requesting all documents and communications from within the White House on Jan 6. pertaining to several members of the Trump administration, including but not limited to, Sarah Matthews, Hope Hicks, Mark Meadows, Stephan Miller, Peter Navarro, Kayleigh McEnany, Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, Lara Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, Melania Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn and Rudy Giuliani. 

Documents and communications from within the White House pertaining to any member of Congress or congressional staff, the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Interior, or any element of the National Guard, have also been requested. 

Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., speaks during the House select committee hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill in Washington.
Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) speaks during the House Select Committee hearing on the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill.
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Among those listed in the request, the Select Committee has asked for “all call logs and telephone records identifying calls placed to or from the individuals identified,” all schedules for any of the individuals and all documents related to meetings on their schedules. 

The Select Committee has also asked for all White House visit records from Jan. 6.

Outside of reiterating March’s request, the Select Committee has asked for information on the 2020 Presidential Election, such as all communications or documents related to plans to contest the election results, and what Trump was told following the election on its outcome.

Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol
Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier during the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, 2021.
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“This is our first request for materials, and we anticipate additional requests as our investigation continues. Please produce this information to the Select Committee no later than September 9, 2021,” Committee Chairman and Democratic Rep. Bennie Johnson wrote. 

The committee has also asked for information and records pertaining to “Recruitment, Planning, Coordination, and Other Preparations for the Rallies Leading up to and Including January 6th and the Violence on January 6th” and “Responsibilities in the Transfer of Power and the Obligation to Follow the Rule of Law.”

Wednesday’s request does not mean the information will be made public right away. Per the Presidential Records Act of 1978, records that qualify as “Presidential records,” will be allowed for public access through the Freedom of Information Act starting five years following the end of the Administration overseeing them. 

supporters of US President Donald Trump are seen from behind scaffolding as they gather outside the US Capitol's Rotunda on January 6, 2021
The Select Committee has asked for all White House visit records from Jan. 6.
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The Select Committee’s requests extend through the Executive Branch, asking for information and records from the Department of Defense, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Interior, Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the National Counterterrorism Center & Office of the Director of National Intelligence. 

The Select Committee has asked for the records to be produced by Sept. 9, giving the departments approximately two weeks.

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