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Chair Bennie Thompson and other members of the select committee speak to reporters. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The Jan. 6 select committee announced on Wednesday a sweeping records request sent to the National Archives and seven federal agencies as it probes the events of the violent Capitol riot.

Driving the news: The move shows how expansive the investigation will be. The National Archives and Records Administration is where correspondence from the White House is kept.

  • The seven executive branch agencies include the Department of Defense, FBI, Department of Homeland Security, and Department of Justice.
  • The requested records will seek to shed light on the events leading up to Jan. 6 and the day itself, including what intelligence was gathered and disseminated, security preparations around the Capitol, and the planning of events scheduled for Jan. 5 and 6, per the statement.

What they're saying: “The Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol is examining the facts, circumstances, and causes of the January 6th attack," Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) wrote in a letter to the National Archives.

The big picture: Earlier this week, Thompson said that the committee will ask telecommunications companies to turn over the phone records of several hundred people, including members of Congress.

  • In late July, the committee held its first hearing, where officers who responded to the events of the day gave harrowing and emotional testimony.

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Oct 18, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Ex-Defense Secretary Gates: U.S. "seems to be coming unhinged"

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates being interviewed on CBS' "60 Minutes" for Sunday's show. Photo: CBS

"Extreme polarization" in the U.S. is the "greatest threat" to the country's democracy, former Defense Secretary Robert Gates told CBS' "60 Minutes" in an interview broadcast Sunday.

Why it matters: The Republican, who served eight presidents, including stints as CIA director, and later as defense secretary for Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, added that the "greatest threat is found within the two square miles that encompass the White House and the Capitol Building."

Kinzinger defends Biden's comments on prosecuting those who defy Jan. 6 subpoenas

Rep. Adam Kinzinger. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) on Sunday defended President Biden's support for prosecuting those who defy subpoenas from the Jan. 6 select committee, telling CNN's "State of the Union" that Biden has "every right" to make his position clear.

Driving the news: Biden said Friday that he hoped the Justice Department would prosecute those who defy subpoenas and hold them accountable.

Oct 17, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Congress begins yearend sprint

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The House and Senate face an onslaught of deadlines key to fulfilling members' campaign promises and keeping the government afloat as they return from recess this week.

Why it matters: The next few weeks will be pivotal to enacting President Biden's agenda — and determining how the Democratic Party fares in the midterm elections.