Justice Department again asks Jan. 6 committee to turn over transcripts from witness interviews

The committee possesses more than 1000 transcripts from interviews with witnesses

Updated: June 16, 2022 - 4:20pm

The Justice Department is again asking the Democrat-led committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to turn over interview transcripts, saying the delay "complicates" the agency's own probe. 

“The Select Committee’s failure to grant the Department access to these transcripts complicates the Department’s ability to investigate and prosecute those who engaged in criminal conduct in relation to the January 6 attack on the Capitol,” reads the June 15 letter, according to Politico. 

The letter also states having the transcript is “critical” for federal investigators to "know the identity of all witnesses who have information relevant to the Department’s ongoing criminal investigation."

The committee has thus far refused to turn over information.

“My understanding is they want to have access to our work product. And we told them, 'No, we’re not giving that to anybody,' " Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson said last month. 

The committee plans to release its final report later this year.