Investigator of January 6 inquest returns to law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth

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  • Kevin Elliker was an investigative attorney for the Jan. 6 congressional panel
  • He previously investigated the deadly ‘Unite the Right’ rally in Charlottesville
  • He returned to the firm this month as an attorney in its issues and appeals practice.

(Reuters) – A congressional committee investigator investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol has returned to the law firm Hunton Andrews Kurth in Richmond, Virginia.

Kevin Elliker most recently served as investigative counsel for the Jan. 6 Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot by Donald Trump supporters, a role he began in September 2021. He interviewed more than 60 witnesses and worked on coordinating evidence for the panel’s public hearings as part of his work on the committee, according to a firm press release.

Elliker declined to comment further to Reuters on his work on the committee, including whether he was involved in conversations ahead of the panel’s recent vote to subpoena former President Trump.

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He said he previously worked with the committee’s chief legal counsel, Tim Heaphy, on the investigation into the deadly “Unite the Right” rally in Charlottesville, Va., in 2019, and that Heaphy had recruited Elliker to work on the January 6 investigation. .

Elliker said the Jan. 6 inquest was similar to Charlottesville in that attorneys were trying to get as much information as possible from witnesses about what happened, regardless of people’s ideologies.

“It’s something that as a lawyer you can never forget,” he said. “These people, if you give them the opportunity to tell their side of the story, will often want to.”

Last week, the select committee held what could have been its last public hearing and is expected to release a report on its findings in the coming weeks. Elliker said it would be “gratifying” if the report came out.

“The written report is itself something of a culmination and hopefully the ultimate complete record, not only of our investigation, but hopefully the historical record for the future that people can relate to. refer, to understand exactly the facts and circumstances that led to this day,” Elliker said.

Elliker was a partner in the 900-law firm of Hunton Andrews Kurth beginning in 2016 and left in 2019 to join the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of Virginia.

His first day back at the firm in his issues and appeals practice was on October 10. in his practice.

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Washington, DC-based Jacqueline Thomsen covers legal news related to politics, the courts, and the legal profession. Follow her on Twitter at @jacq_thomsen and email her at [email protected]

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