All members of the House select committee investigating theit 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 Presidentand the Republican representative 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 tuesdayagainst 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.. That suspect, Nicholas Roske, pleaded not guilty Wednesday to attempting to assassinate a Supreme Court justice and faces life in prison if convicted.
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.