January 6th committee agrees to hand over transcripts to Biden’s DOJ

In a reversal, the January 6th committee has agreed to hand over transcripts from its partisan investigation of the Capitol “insurrection” to Joe Biden’s Justice Department.

The development is the latest sign that Biden’s politicized DOJ is coordinating closely with lawmakers who have called for Donald Trump to be jailed.

J6 committee will cooperate with DOJ’s request

The DOJ had originally made a sweeping request for the committee’s records in April, and as recently as Thursday the committee wasn’t budging.

In a letter, the DOJ complained that the committee was complicating the department’s January 6th investigation by holding onto roughly 1,000 interview transcripts.

Despite the appearance of a conflict, the Justice Department and the committee appear to be on the same page after all, with the committee now saying they “won’t be an obstacle to the department’s prosecutions” in a new statement.

Attorney general Merrick Garland’s sprawling January 6th probe, the largest in the department’s history, initially focused on the riot but has recently evolved to more broadly target those involved in challenging or protesting the 2020 election results.

That is in keeping with the narrative of the January 6th committee, which has begun televising a show trial depicting the January 6th, 2021, Capitol riot as the culmination of a criminal conspiracy by Trump to overthrow a “free and fair” election.

J6 Probes overlapping?

In another sign of the highly unusual degree of overlap between the two probes, Garland warned this week that he was watching the January 6th hearings carefully as speculation runs rampant on whether he will satisfy the left’s demands to throw Trump in jail.

The January 6th committee members insist Trump broke the law but they haven’t made a formal recommendation for Garland to bring charges.

Charging an American president would be politically explosive, and it’s unclear what Garland plans to do. He has left the door open, at least, to making an arrest.

“There’s nothing within the office of legal counsel that prevents us from doing an investigation,” Garland said. “There’s nothing that’s coming in the way of our investigation … We’re just going to follow the facts wherever they lead.”

In any case, Garland is at least politically on the same wavelength as the committee: the DOJ has already taken up requests to criminally charge two Trump allies, Peter Navarro and Steve Bannon, with contempt of Congress for snubbing the committee.

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