Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House committee, announced Wednesday that transcripts of interviews conducted by investigators during their investigation into the attack at the U.S. Capitol will be released to the House Jan. 6 Committee.
Thompson, D.Miss., stated that “we plan to make available transcripts and other materials.” Later, he confirmed that all depositions had been completed by the panel.
Thompson stated that the transcripts would be made public along with the long-awaited committee report summarizing the probe and detailing it. He also said that they were likely to be released before Christmas.
Thompson stated Wednesday that transcripts wouldn’t be available for all interviews. He explained that some people had an “arranged agreement” that they would not make them accessible. However, he later clarified that their names would be removed for security reasons but that transcripts would remain available.
Thompson replied, “It’s a digital version that the public can access,” when Thompson was asked how the public will be able to view the records. Thompson did not specify how many transcripts would be made available or who would be able to view the interviews.
The investigation is now in its final stages. The committee was established in the summer of 2021. Kellyanne Conway, the former advisor to Donald Trump, appeared in an interview on Monday. Tony Ornato (Trump’s deputy chief of staff) was also expected to be present for an interview.
The Committee staff were informed this month by sources that the final report would primarily focus on Trump and less on the failures of other law enforcement agencies and the FBI in the days leading up to the attack. Sources indicated that the plan wasn’t set in stone and could be changed.
Before the January meeting of the new Congress, the committee must release its final report on its investigation. This is when the incoming House GOP majority will take control of the chamber. In a Wednesday letter, Kevin McCarthy, R. Calif., House Minority Leader, reminded Thompson that the work of the panel must be preserved. McCarthy pointed out recent news reports that indicated that some members of the committee were worried that the final report would be more focused on Trump than findings that are not related to Trump.
McCarthy stated that all information needed to collect not only for institutional prerogatives but also for transparency to American citizens.
Thompson stated to reporters that this was always the plan of the committee.
“Not only preserved but made accessible to the public. Thompson stated that the subpoena he signed to allow him to testify before the committee would be preserved.
Thompson stated that McCarthy could “conduct whatever he wishes as a speaker”, but that the panel would end on December 31.
The committee was formed in 2021 and has conducted over 1,000 interviews and depositions, and received hundreds of thousands of documents. It has received over 10,000 submissions to its tipline since June when it held its first major hearings. A total of 100 subpoenas have been issued by the panel.
Trump’s children, Donald Trump Jr. and Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner, the former president’s son-in-law; Rudy Giuliani, a former Trump lawyer; Jeffrey Clark (ex-Vice President Mike Pence’s aide) were among those who spent hours before the committee.