The Department of Justice responded to Rep. Jim Banks’ request for information, as was obtained in a letter by The Federalist:
“This responds to your letter to the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), dated September 16, 2021, seeking information provided by the FBI to the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol (Select Committee),” the DOJ letter to states. “We understand that on October 6, 2021, the Department of Justice responded to your separate letter, dated September I 6, 2021, to the Attorney General. The FBI is working with the Select Committee on an ongoing basis, consistent with House Resolution 503. We respectfully refer you to the Select Committee regarding issues of access to records and information.”
The letter can be read below:
The Federalist notes that Pelosi thas taken the “unprecedented” step of “refusing the appointments made by Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy, barring Navy officer and Afghanistan veteran Banks and Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, from participation.”
Rep. Bank had requested that FBI Director Christopher Wray provide the Republicans with full access to the January 6 committee’s records on September 3. Banks’ request followed upon a story that FBI officials working on the investigation told Reuters they had come up with nothing substantive tying Donald Trump to the Capitol riots.
“The FBI has found scant evidence that the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol was the result of an organized plot to overturn the presidential election result, according to four current and former law enforcement officials,” Reuters reported.
“Though federal officials have arrested more than 570 alleged participants, the FBI at this point believes the violence was not centrally coordinated by far-right groups or prominent supporters of then-President Donald Trump, according to the sources, who have been either directly involved in or briefed regularly on the wide-ranging investigations,” the report added.
“Pursuant to the rules of the House of Representatives, the minority party in Congress retains the rights to the same information that is provided to the majority party,” Banks wrote in another letter to Wray on Sept. 16. “I ask that you provide me any information that is submitted to the Select Committee.”
The Federal Bureau of Investigation thus far stonewalled the requests, only to tell the Republicans to politely ask the January 6 committee for access to them. The FBI has also obstructed the viewing of more than 14,000 of archival footage of the January 6 events from being released to the public.
The FBI investigation into January 6 has been touted as one of the biggest in American history. Yet, the levels of transparency show that the Congress has less interest in revealing what actually happened than pushing a political narrative, while providing cover to key actors like Speaker Nancy Pelosi.