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  • The committee leading the investigation expects to present its final report before the November legislative elections.

  • Investigators have interviewed more than 300 witnesses and issued 50 subpoenas

Son 40 people led by two former prosecutors, one named by Barack Obama and another for George Bush. Are divided into five teams per color. The verde follow the money, the millions that were raised promoting the false allegations that the elections had been stolen. The oro investigates the campaigns that took place in Washington, the White House and the states to subvert the results presidential elections or to delay the certification of Joe Biden’s victory. The purple focuses on online misinformation and the extremist activity, while the Red he studies the organization of the demonstration that preceded the assault. There is still another one that analyzes what failed in security.

With this organization chart, the select committee to investigate the January 6 assault to the United States Capitol, the special panel that the Lower House established after Republicans blocked the creation of an independent commission similar to the one that studied the 9/11 attacks. It’s made of seven Democratic congressmen and the Republicans Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger. In recent weeks it has accelerated its investigations and, shortly, it could take an important leap, since the intention to broadcast its sessions on television has been announced.

More than 300 investigated witnesses

The committee has so far carried outor more than 300 witness interviews, has issued 50 citations and has reviewed 35,000 pages of documents. Denounced by many Republicans as “politicized,” he is embroiled in a legal battle with Donald Trump to access hundreds of pages of official records of your communications, a struggle that the former president has led to the Supreme Court.

The committee has also encountered a lack of collaboration from other key figures. So much Mark Meadows, former chief of staff to Donald Trump, as the adviser Steve Bannon, which has already been indicted by a grand jury. Congress has asked the Justice Department to be held in contempt.

After the accelerated second process of impeachment to the former president in February, the revelations of the committee and the potential televised hearings may be the most clearly open window for Americans to really know how that dark day could be reached. And although the official goal of the panel is to make a report with a exhaustive analysis of what happened and perform recommendations so that something like this does not happen again (document that they hope to publish in a preliminary way in the summer and in its final form before the legislative elections in November, where the Republicans aim to regain control of the chamber), for many it is also the only way left to debug responsibilities that go further. beyond the physical assault on the Capitol.

No power to press charges

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The committee does not have the legal capacity to do this, but it can recommend that the Department of Justice open criminal investigations, even if they are not binding. It is something that many urge the attorney general to do. Merrick Garland, but for now the head of Justice is extremely cautious in his public statements.

On Wednesday, in a carefully followed speech to department employees, Garland only assured that the legal actions taken against the robbers of the Capitol “will not be the last.” “The department remains committed to holding all those who perpetrated January 6 accountable to the law, at whatever level, whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy,” he declared.

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