Democrat-led special House panel probing Jan. 6 riot to start issuing subpoenas 'within a week'

The panel’s first meeting this summer included testimony from police officers who tried to quell the riot.

Updated: September 21, 2021 - 8:19am

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The leader of the Democrat-led House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot says the panel could start issuing subpoenas by the end of the week to companies and people who have not complied with records requests.

"We will probably as a committee issue subpoenas either to witnesses or organizations within a week," said committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat.

The select committee spent most of August requesting records from some government agencies and social media companies in preparation to hold more meetings to learn more about the incident, in which one protester was fatally shot by police, hundreds of police officers were injured and millions of dollars worth of damage was done.

The panel’s first meeting this summer included testimony from officers who tried to quell the riot.

Earlier this month, the committee told social media companies it still needs "much more information" and would use any available means to compel them to cooperate, according to CNN

The committee has also asked telecommunication companies to preserve the records of individuals – including some GOP House members – in connection to the incident. 

Thompson also said Monday the issue of sending subpoenas to lawmakers has yet to come up but is not out of the question, CNN also reports. 

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