The scope of the January 6th select committee investigation into the alleged attempted insurrection at the Capitol has been lambasted by the right side of the aisle from the very start. They see the probe as little more than a fishing expedition aimed at gathering dirt for the Democrats to use against Trump and his surrogates in the 2022 and 2024 elections.
Now, to make matters worse, this wide net of crumbs is being scavenged by the Department of Justice.
The Justice Department has asked the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack for transcripts of interviews it is conducting, which have included discussions with associates of former President Donald J. Trump, according to people with knowledge of the situation.
The move, coming as Attorney General Merrick B. Garland appears to be ramping up the pace of his painstaking investigation into the Capitol riot, is the clearest sign yet of a wide-ranging inquiry at the Justice Department.
There was plenty of data for the DOJ to sort through as well.
The House committee has interviewed more than 1,000 people so far, and the transcripts could be used as evidence in potential criminal cases, to pursue new leads or as a baseline text for new interviews conducted by federal law enforcement officials.
The revelation is sure to rile up the Republican Party, who’ve already warned the nation about the true nature of the J6 committee.
Now, with Merrick Garland potentially seeking legal recourse, the stakes just got that much higher.