The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol has subpoenaed the U.S. Secret Service for more information about text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021, that were reportedly erased or deleted. Last week, a government watchdog with the Homeland Security Department said in a letter to lawmakers that the erasure took place shortly after oversight officials requested electronic communications from the agency.
Meanwhile, The New York Times has revealed details about how a little-known right-wing attorney named William Olson urged Trump to effectively declare martial law in December of 2020 as part of a sweeping attempt to overturn the election.
The House January 6 committee will hold its final scheduled public hearing on Thursday. The hearing will focus on Donald Trump’s 187 minutes of inaction on January 6 when his supporters stormed the Capitol after he gave a speech near the White House. Democracy Now! will stream the hearing live at 8 p.m. Eastern at democracynow.org.
In related news, jury selection is expected to begin today in the trial of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon for criminal contempt of Congress.