The United States House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot has spoken to former Attorney General William “Bill” Barr, Committee Chairperson Bennie Thompson said on Jan. 23.
“We’ve had conversations with the former attorney general already. We have talked to Department of Defense individuals,” Thompson said in an interview on CBS’ “Face the Nation.”
“We are concerned that our military was part of this big lie on promoting that the election was false. So, if you are using the military to potentially seize voting machines, even though it’s a discussion, the public needs to know, we’ve never had that before,” Thompson further said.
Thompson’s remarks came in response to a question regarding a draft executive order that was reportedly given to former President Donald Trump that would have directed the Defense Department to seize voting machines after he lost the presidential election.
Thompson said the committee does not know if anyone within the Pentagon was working on the issue of potentially seizing voting machines.
However, Thompson said that the draft itself was “reason enough to believe that it was being proposed.”
“We have information that between the Department of Justice, a plan was put forward to potentially seize voting machines in the country and utilize Department of Defense assets to make that happen,” Thompson said.
The document, dated on Dec. 16, 2020, was never issued and it remains unclear who wrote it.
The draft executive order appeared to be one of the White House documents Trump fought to block the Committee from obtaining, but the Supreme Court last week declined to block the release.
Politico first reported about the document last week.
Barr, who was an ardent supporter of Trump during his presidency, resigned in December 2020 amid false claims of election fraud.
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