House Jan. 6 committee members likely to get security details

All members of the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol it will likely receive its own security detail from the US Capitol Police due to an increase in threats, according to a congressional source familiar with the matter.

It’s unclear exactly when the security detail would start, but likely before members return home for the Independence Day break. President Bennie Thompson, Vice President liz cheney and the Republican representative adam kinzinger They already have security details, and the rest of the members have been requesting similar protection for a while, the source said. The Washington Post first reported that all committee members will likely receive details due to increased threats.

The increased threats come as the committee, through witnesses, details attempts by former President Trump and his allies to influence the outcome of the 2020 presidential election after the fact. local tuesday Poll workers testified about threats made against them and their families for carrying out the electoral process in accordance with the law.

Congress recently passed legislation to provide greater security for members of the Supreme Court, after a California man was arrested outside Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s home with guns. and charged with attempted murder. That suspect, Nicholas Roske, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to attempting to assassinate a Supreme Court justice and faces life in prison if convicted.

The January 6 Select Committee of the House of Representatives holds its third hearing
WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 16: The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the US Capitol holds its third hearing into the January 6 investigation at the Cannon House office building on June 16 June 2022 in Washington, DC.

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Meanwhile, the Justice Department’s investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill appeared to gain momentum Wednesday when the FBI authorized law enforcement activities in two places: at the address of Brad Carver, a Georgia attorney who allegedly signed a document claimed to be a Trump constituent, and at the Virginia home of Thomas Lane, who worked on Trump campaign targets in New Mexico and Arizona. The Washington Post was the first to report on the police activity.

The FBI and the Justice Department declined to comment.

On Thursday, the committee is scheduled to hear from top former DOJ officials on what Thompson described as former President Trump’s attempts to use the DOJ to help nullify the 2020 election.

“Just as we heard today that Donald Trump was deeply involved in the scheme to pressure state officials to overturn election results, we will hear Thursday that Donald Trump was also the driving force behind an effort to corrupt the Justice Department. ”, Thompson said. during Tuesday’s hearing.

Michael Kaplan and Jeff Pegues contributed to this report.

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