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

Lawyers for multiple riot defendants who have already pleaded guilty say they have received communications from the panel in recent days requesting their clients’ cooperation with the committee, which is led by Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.).

“The Select Committee is examining the facts, circumstances, and causes of January 6, 2021, in order to identify and evaluate lessons learned and to recommend corrective law, policies, procedures, rules or regulations,” said one such letter, obtained by POLITICO. “As part of that effort, we would like to interview your client, who we understand has accepted responsibility and pleaded guilty.”…

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 been sentenced, with most escaping jail time. One attorney, who did not get the letter, told POLITICO his client would refuse the committee’s offer if he received it.