WASHINGTON — Senior Justice Department officials leading the criminal investigation into the U.S. Capitol breach have asked the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack for transcripts of interviews conducted as part of the of the congressional investigation, confirmed NBC News.
Justice Department Criminal Division Chief Kenneth Polite and U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Matthew Graves sent a letter requesting transcripts of the interviews to the House panel’s lead investigator, former US Attorney Timothy Heaphy. The New York Times first reported on the existence of the letter, which was sent nearly a month ago on April 20. A source familiar with the letter confirmed its contents to NBC News.
The Justice Department has asked to review transcripts of the closed-door interviews, a congressional aide told NBC News, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the department’s investigation. Representative Bennie Thompson, who chairs the committee, also said Tuesday that the committee is considering exactly how to make the transcripts available to the Justice Department, the aide said.
The Justice Department has charged nearly 800 people in connection with the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, and more than 280 have pleaded guilty. Several defendants cooperated with the January 6 committee and their testimony was received favorably by the judges during the sentencing hearings.
Scott Wang contributed.