Following the insurrection and attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, the American public was left with countless questions about how such a violent assault on our democracy could have happened. Since then, CREW has taken legal, investigative and policy action to get answers and accountability. 

The ongoing work includes:

  • Criminal complaints against President Trump and senior Trump administration officials
  • A Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against the Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, Department of Defense, Department of the Army and Department of the Interior
  • Analysis and publication of documents obtained through records requests and lawsuits
  • Live tracking of corporate donations to members of the Sedition Caucus—the 147 members of Congress who voted to reject one or more states’ election results 
  • Advocacy for a strong and thorough investigation in the House of Representatives

The January 6 insurrection was not happenstance—it was the product of a months-long campaign to undermine the results of the 2020 election led by former-President Trump, and enabled by more than 100 members of Congress. In the months after the attack, some lawmakers, former government officials and public figures have continued their attacks on democracy and attempted to cover up or distort the day’s events. We refuse to let that happen. 

To protect our democracy and seriously address threats of white nationalism, we need to know exactly who was responsible, how they enabled the insurrection and who continues to support attacks on democracy. Here are the actions CREW has taken so far: 

Oct 12, 2021

On October 12, CREW received records back from the Secret Service, which included warnings from local police that attendees were being told to “come armed,” but also said that there was no credible threat. Click to read.

Sep 20, 2021

On September 20, CREW received records back from the Army, which included a January 6 email from DHS to the Pentagon, sent more than 30 minutes after the first attackers breached the Capitol, indicating “there are no major incidents of illegal activity at this time.” Click to read.

Sep 17, 2021

On September 17, CREW received documents back from the National Guard. Click to read.

Sep 02, 2021

On September 2, CREW received hours of Park Police audio recordings from January 6th. You can listen to them here, here, and here. See September 30 post for a full writeup.

Aug 31, 2021

On August 31, CREW received documents back from the Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis, which includes a memo that restricted the use of open-source intelligence about “election-related threats”, written by Joseph Maher, who is now on the staff of the January 6 House Select Committee. Click to read.

Aug 20, 2021
Aug 12, 2021

On August 12, CREW received documents back from the Secret Service. Click to read.

Jul 30, 2021

On July 30, CREW received documents back from the Park Police. See August 10 post for a full writeup. Click to read.

Jul 30, 2021

On July 30, CREW received documents back from the Army. Click to read.

Jul 30, 2021

On July 30, CREW received documents back from the Secret Service. The documents include a specific threat of violence on January 6th, and includes screengrabs of relevant Facebook posts, as well as threatening Parler posts. Click to read.

Jul 29, 2021

On July 29, CREW and a coalition of watchdog groups sent a letter to Rep. Bennie Thompson, the chair of the Select Committee, outlining questions the committee should seek to answer in the course of the investigation, including what type of coordination there was between the White House and groups planning “stop the steal” rallies, who funded and coordinated the “stop the steal” rallies leading up to and on January 6th, and whether any foreign actors played a role in the events leading up to the insurrection. Click to read the letter.

Jul 29, 2021
Jun 30, 2021

On June 30, CREW received documents back from the Secret Service. See July 15 post for full writeup. Click to read.

Mar 04, 2021
Mar 03, 2021

On March 3, CREW received documents back from DHS’s Federal Protective Services. See March 3 post for full writeup. Click to read.

Feb 25, 2021

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