Two Trump-era Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leaders have been invited to sit with the committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol, according to CNN report.
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A representative from Wolf’s consulting firm appeared to confirm to The Hill that he had been invited for an interview, claiming that a meeting “has not yet taken place, so we are not going to make any statement on this matter. “.
A request for comment from Cuccinelli left on the electoral project he is leading at the Susan B. Anthony List organization was not immediately returned.
The committee’s outreach is said to show renewed interest in DHS, whose intelligence office may have missed warning signs ahead of the Jan.6 attack.
A Wall Street Journal report revealed that on January 5, the DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis sent a national summary to law enforcement across the country, stating that there was “nothing important to report “.
And Politico reports recently showed DHS intelligence delay in recognizing the attack, sending an update to the Pentagon at 1:30 p.m. that day, saying there had been “no major incidents. illegal activity “in the past two hours. The DHS wing update designed to send last-minute alerts to leaders was sent more than half an hour after rioters broke through barricades around the Capitol.
And interest in Cuccinelli follows reports from The New York Times this Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiSenate GOP lines up behind Trump-backed candidates Jan 6 panel seeks talks with Trump DHS officials, then old President TrumpDonald Trump White House asks Senate Democrats to meet with Powell this monthCuccinelli’s personal attorney contacted Cuccinelli in December last year to ask if DHS had the power to seize the voting machines.
Cuccinelli told CNN on Tuesday that he let Giuliani know that DHS does not have such authority or the ability to interfere in the state’s election administration.
“No one at any level has pushed us to do anything outside of our existing missions,” he told CNN.
In addition to his work at the Election Transparency Initiative, Cuccinelli is also a member of the Center for Renewing America, where Kash Patel, a former Defense Department official summoned to appear by the committee, is also a senior member.
Representatives of the Jan.6 committee did not respond to the request for comment.
The committee is more broadly investigating lobbying campaigns by Trump officials in other agencies, including the Justice Department.
On Friday, the panel is expected to interview Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official who has become one of Trump’s main supporters in the office, pushing leaders to send a letter to state election officials, including Georgia, asking them to delay the certification of election results.
CNN reported on Tuesday that five former White House officials recently volunteered to sit down with the committee, as part of a larger Jan.6 committee effort to speak with a wide range of officials from the Trump era apart from an official deposition.