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House GOP zeroes in on Jan. 6 panel documents

House Republicans are eyeing new rules to keep a number of records made by the Jan. 6 Select Committee during a broad investigation into the attack on the Capitol.

Important reasons: The move could signal Republican plans to refute the Jan. 6 committee report when it takes control of the House this week and the committee is formally dissolved.

News promotion: The proposed rules package says the panel must send the document to the House Committee on Management by Jan. 17.

  • The package also mandates US archivists, who head the National Archives, to return the records they receive by January 17.
  • “Records transferred or withdrawn pursuant to this subsection become records of the House Trustees,” the proposed rule package states.
  • A Republican spokesperson for the House Rules Committee did not immediately respond to questions about the intent behind the change.

Zoom out: A January 6 commission released some of the evidence, including transcripts of interviews related to the vast number of reports.

  • Current House rules require the House Committee of Trustees to turn over records to the House Clerk, who forwards them to the National Archives, reports the Los Angeles Times.
  • The same rules require archives to keep records for at least 30 years, but classified records can be kept for up to 50 years, according to the LA Times.

Big picture: House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R, Calif.) told the committee on Jan. 6 in November to save all findings.

  • “The official congressional records belong to the American people, not to you or any other member, and are obligated to record all information you collect, not just information that fits your political agenda. ‘ he wrote in a letter to Congressmen… Benny Thompson (D-Miss.), who will lead the January 6 committee.

What to see: McCarthy also said House Republicans will launch an investigation into security failures at the Capitol on January 6, reports Andrew Solender of Axios.

  • According to The Hill, the new Congress will vote on a new chair on Tuesday to determine if McCarthy has the votes to secure the position and then proceed to vote on the rules package.

Further details: New revelations from January 6th report