Jan. 6 committee seeks testimony from riot defendants who pleaded guilty

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A spokesman for the committee declined to comment. The panel is investigating not just the attack on the Capitol but former President Donald Trump’s effort to call his supporters to Washington that day and to promote discredited claims that the 2020 election was stolen from him. Earlier this week, the committee subpoenaed four top Trump allies, including his former chief of staff Mark Meadows. And it is working with the National Archives to obtain voluminous records from Trump’s White House, a move expected to kick off a fight over Trump’s ability to invoke executive privilege now that he’s out of office. About 60 of the 600-plus rioters charged with storming the Capitol have pleaded guilty to participating in the riot, mostly to misdemeanor offenses like trespassing. It’s not immediately clear how many, if any, of those charged will agree to speak with House investigators. Such cooperation might help defendants get more lenient sentences, but some have already bee
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