The Justice Department subpoenaed the National Archives for the same documents the January 6 panel asked for, indicating there could be evidence of a crime in them: report
- A federal grand jury subpoenaed the National Archives for materials given to the Jan. 6 panel.
- It’s another sign that the Justice Department has ramped up its probe into the January 6 riot.
- Trump initially resisted the release of the same documents, claiming executive privilege.
A federal grand jury investigating the Capitol riot for the Justice Department issued a subpoena to the National Archives and Records Administration in May for all documents that were handed to the January 6 panel, according to The New York Times.
The request is yet another signal that the DOJ has ramped up its inquiry into efforts to overturn the 2020 election results — and shows how seriously the department is considering criminal prosecution of those involved.
The subpoena asks for “all materials, in whatever form” that were given to the House select committee investigating the Capitol attack, according to The Times.
This includes at least 770 pages of documents that Donald Trump previously tried to shield from the January 6 panel by unsuccessfully claiming, in court, executive privilege over them.
Some of the documents include phone logs, Trump’s daily schedule, and files on top Trump officials, such as the former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and former senior advisor Stephen Miller, The Times reports.
The subpoena is unrelated to the FBI search of Trump’s Mar-a-Lago home for classified White House documents.
The exact contents of the records are not publicly known, but the grand jury’s subpoena also suggests that prosecutors are interested in the documents because there could be evidence of a crime in them, The Times reports.
In the past year, several former Trump officials and lawyers have been subpoenaed for the Justice Department’s probe into the January 6 events. This includes former White House counsel Pat Cipollone, Mike Pence’s former chief of staff Marc Short, and Trump’s lawyer Eric Herschmann, among others.