The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has begun to solicit testimony from the rioters, issuing requests for some defendants to voluntarily provide an account of their decision to travel to Washington and join the angry mob. Lawyers for multiple riot defendants who have already pleaded guilty say they have received communications from the panel in recent days requesting their clients’ cooperation with the committee, which is led by Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.).
About 60 of the 600-plus rioters charged with storming the Capitol have pleaded guilty to participating in the riot, mostly to misdemeanor offenses like trespassing. It’s not immediately clear how many, if any, of those charged will agree to speak with House investigators. Such cooperation might help defendants get more lenient sentences, but some have already been sentenced, with a handful escaping jail time.
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SCOOP: The Jan. 6 committee has begun soliciting testimony from a new source — the rioters themselves. Letters have gone out to some of those who already pleaded guilty for breaching the Capitol.
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) September 25, 2021