January 6 committee to share 20 transcripts with Department of Justice

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House Jan. 6 committee will share 20 of its interview transcripts with the Justice Department, as federal prosecutors increasingly focus on the efforts of former President Donald Trump and his allies to nullify the election results.

A committee aide said the panel will share all 20 transcripts but has “no plans to share any additional transcripts at this time.” The person, who requested anonymity to discuss the confidential transaction, would not say what interviews the committee is sharing.

The information sharing comes after the committee rejected a request for transcripts from the Justice Department in May. At the time, the committee’s chairman, Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson, said it was “premature” for the committee to share its work because the panel’s investigation is ongoing.

Since then, the panel has been negotiating an agreement on the documents as the department has stepped up its investigations. Several senior aides to former Vice President Mike Pence appeared before a federal grand jury and prosecutors seized records from a group of Republicans who served as bogus voters in battleground states won by President Joe Biden. Trump and his allies pushed officials in those states to replace Biden’s duly selected voters with those who supported him as they argued his victory was stolen.

In an interview with NBC News this week, Garland said the Justice Department would “bring to justice all those who were criminally responsible for obstructing the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another.”

The committee did not say whether it plans to eventually share all of its transcripts with the Justice Department or the public. The January 6 panel conducted over 1,000 interviews, but not all of them have been officially transcribed.

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