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Former Attorney General William Barr has spoken to Jan. 6 panel, chair says

Former Attorney General William Barr has talked to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, the panel’s chair said on Sunday.

Speaking on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said: “We’ve had conversations with the former attorney general already. We have talked to Department of Defense individuals.”

Thompson was responding to a question from host Margaret Brennan about a draft executive order, disclosed Friday by POLITICO, that would have had the Defense Department seize the nation’s voting machines as part of a massive investigation into possible voter fraud.

“We are concerned that our military was part of this big lie on promoting that the election was false,” Thompson said. “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.”

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