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By Ryan Nobles, Zachary Cohen, Annie Grayer, and Whitney Wild, CNN
The House Special Committee that investigated the January 6 riots in the U.S. Capitol last week interviewed Trump-era Justice Department official Richard Donoghue.
Politico was the first to report on the news of Donoghue’s appearance on Friday.
The revelation comes after the special committee said it began questioning witnesses privately but did not reveal who sat for questioning. The panel has sent two rounds of subpoenas to pursue testimony and other relevant documents, which sources suggest will constitute likely the largest Congressional investigation of its kind in history.
Donoghue served as acting assistant attorney general from December 2020 through the end of Trump’s tenure in January 2021, serving in that position on the day of the January 6 insurrection.
He made handwritten notes during a call between then-President Donald Trump and then-incumbent Attorney General Jeffery Rosen that Trump pressured the couple to take official steps to overturn the 2020 presidential election results.
The select committee did not respond to a CNN request for information about Donoghue’s performance.
An important deadline is approaching this week for four close associates and allies of Trump’s first-round subpoena for private testimonies and records. All requests for documents are due by Thursday.
The committee’s interviews and subpoenas build on the volumes of documents the panel has already requested from government agencies and the National Archives, which serve as the custodian of the Trump administration’s White House records, regarding the recruitment, preparation and coordination of the Rallies in the run-up to and on January 6th.
As CNN previously reported, House Select Chairman Bennie Thompson told CNN last week that some of the people the committee wants to hear from are volunteering information.
“Some people have contacted us who want to come and talk voluntarily, who have worked for the administration. So there is no need to issue a subpoena. We just have to get the information they put into our work and move on from there, ”said the Mississippi Democrat.
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