A federal investigation into the Capitol riots contacted a key individual from the former Trump administration.
The House Select Committee to Investigate the Jan. 6 attack has recently spoken with former Attorney General William Barr about an alleged electoral integrity raid.
“We have had conversations with the former attorney general already,” committee chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said according to NBC News. “We have [also] talked to Department of Defense individuals.”
Thompson claimed the Department of Justice hatched a plan to seize Dominion voting machines across the United States after the 2020 general election. He also suspects U.S. military involvement.
“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 is a discussion, the public needs to know,” Thompson said according to the broadcaster. “We have never had that before,” he added.
The Democrat referred to wording from a draft executive order that former President Trump never signed.
The document in question theoretically authorizes the defense secretary to mobilize the National Guard to “seize, collect, retain and analyze all machines, equipment, electronically stored information, and material records” on the past election.
“The secretary of defense may select by name or by unit federalization of appropriate National Guard support,” the draft document said.
According to the draft, an initial assessment was to be sent to the Office of the Director of National Intelligence within the first week. A final evaluation was due “no later than 60 days from commencement of operations.”
“The director of national intelligence shall deliver this assessment and appropriate supporting information to the president, secretary of state, secretary of the Treasury, secretary of defense, attorney general, and secretary of homeland security,” the document said.
The document also reiterated an expert forensic report’s finding that “inherent errors” in Dominion Voting Systems could “influence” election results.
“The system intentionally generates an enormously high number of ballot errors,” it said. “The intentional errors lead to bulk adjudication of ballots with no oversight, no transparency, and no audit trail–this leads to voter or election fraud.”
Barr resigned in late 2020, following the Trump administration’s efforts to overturn the election outcome.