The January 6 panel warns the White House that it cannot ensure that the identities of anonymous witnesses are protected



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The House Jan. 6 committee warned President Joe Biden’s White House that once the panel disbanded on Tuesday, it could not ensure that the identities of staffers who cooperated with its investigation would be protected on condition of anonymity.

The select committee agreed that it would “do everything in its power to protect the identity” of certain staffers if the White House allowed them to sit for interviews.

But now the panel admits it “cannot guarantee its commitment to maintain the confidentiality of witnesses’ identities” because it will no longer have control over interview transcripts after disbandment. December 30 letter.

“Consistent with long-standing House rules, the official records of the committee will be archived and transferred to the control of the National Archives,” the committee wrote to Biden’s special counsel, Richard Saber. , security and the reputations of our witnesses.

The group has already begun sending materials to the National Archives and Records Administration, while also publicly releasing dozens of interview transcripts. In some cases, the Committee has redacted the names of witnesses in transcripts made available for public review.

As Republicans took control of the House this week, they are preparing to send the panel’s resources to another GOP-controlled House committee. Under proposed House rules for the next Congress, both the Select Committee and the Archives would be directed to deliver the information from the Select Committee to the House Executive Committee by January 17.

The selection committee said on Monday it had already provided the materials to the governing body, but it was not clear if there were any amendments.

At the same time, the committee said in a letter to the White House that it would provide materials for review and “instructions for proper handling by the archives.”

“During your review, we recommend that you provide the official file (redacted) in the Archives with the necessary written instructions regarding limitations on publication or other sensitivities,” the letter states. “It is our expectation that transcripts with such instructions will become part of the historical record of our investigation maintained by the National Archives.”

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