Mar 26, 2021 - Politics & Policy

House committees request documents from federal agencies on Jan. 6 riot

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Trump supporters clash with police and security forces at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. Photo: Brendan Smailowski/AFP via Getty Images

Seven House committees sent letters on Thursday to 16 agencies throughout the Executive Branch and Congress requesting documents on the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riots.

Why it matters: The committees are seeking communications from before, during and after the mob, fueled by President Trump, violently breached the building, signaling the launch of a sweeping investigation into the federal government's response to the attack.

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