Federal investigators are examining records of communications between members of Congress and the violent pro-Trump mob that attacked the US Capitol on January 6th in a failed effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
CNN reported Thursday that the investigation is moving closer to exploring whether lawmakers wittingly or unwittingly helped the insurrectionists, according to a US official briefed on the matter.
“The data gathered so far includes indications of contact with lawmakers in the days around January 6, as well as communications between alleged rioters discussing their associations with members of Congress, the official said. The existence of such communications doesn’t necessarily indicate wrongdoing by lawmakers and investigators aren’t yet targeting members of Congress in the investigation, the official noted. Should investigators find probable cause that lawmakers or their staffs possibly aided the insurrectionists, they could seek warrants to obtain the content of the communications. There’s no indication they’ve taken such a step at this point,” CNN noted.
The official told CNN the Department of Justice has assigned more than two dozen prosecutors to investigate the complex issues the insurrection.
Read the full report, here.