Thompson Announces Senior Staff for Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol

Jul 22, 2021

Washington, D.C. – Rep. Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security and the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, today announced senior staff for the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol.


“January 6th was an attempt to overthrow the government and our democracy,” said Chairman Thompson.  “We need a comprehensive investigation into the attack, to find the facts and to prevent such an assault from ever again occurring.  That is why, today, I am proud to name professional, patriotic public servants, who will ably and efficiently do just that.”


David Buckley, Staff Director

David Buckley brings more than four decades of experience leading and conducting investigations, audits and policy evaluations.  Prior to accepting this role, David served as Managing Director of KPMG’s Federal Advisory Services Practice, where he led the Risk Strategy and Compliance division, performing forensic and investigative services for clients within the United States federal government and specializing in insider threat detection.  Previously, he served as Inspector General of the Central Intelligence Agency, a Senate-confirmed position, where he conducted oversight of the agency, offered recommendations to improve effectiveness and briefed members of the Congressional Intelligence Committees.  He also served as Staff Director for the Minority of the United States House of Representatives Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, counseling Ranking Member Jane Harman on the Committee’s oversight and legislative duties.


Kristin Amerling, Deputy Staff Director/Chief Counsel

Kristin Amerling has more than two decades of experience in Congress and the Executive Branch to her work counseling non-profit organizations on public policy issues.   Currently, she is the Managing Director at Lanthorn Strategies.  Prior to this, Ms. Amerling was Deputy General Counsel at the United States Department of Transportation, where she advised the Secretary on Congressional oversight and regulation.  Previously, she served as Chief Counsel to the United States House of Representatives Committees on Energy and Commerce, and Oversight and Government Reform.  She also served as Chief Investigative Counsel and Director of Oversight for the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation.  In these Congressional roles, she helped lead high-profile investigations into and oversight of the federal government’s mismanagement of Hurricane Katrina, the War in Iraq and the 2008 financial market meltdown.


Hope Goins, Counsel to the Chairman

Hope E. Goins is the Staff Director of the United States House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security.  She is the top advisor to Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson on all matters related to the oversight of the Department of Homeland Security and national security related matters throughout the Executive Branch.  Ms. Goins is responsible for advancing and coordinating all Committee policy and legislation with the leadership of the House of Representatives.  For over a decade, Ms. Goins has also been Chairman Thompson’s most senior advisor on matters related to counterterrorism, countering violent extremism, domestic terrorism, intelligence, cyber security, natural disasters, and civil rights and civil liberties.  Ms. Goins has also supervised high level congressional investigations of the Executive Branch, including investigations into the government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, and the government’s response to the threat from violent extremists.  


Candyce Phoenix, Senior Counsel/Senior Advisor

Candyce Phoenix is the Staff Director of the United States House of Representatives Subcommittee on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties under the Committee on Oversight and Reform.  She is the top counsel for Chairman Jamie Raskin, responsible for conducting investigations and hearings into issues related to civil rights and liberties violations and criminal justice reform.  In this role, she has managed an ongoing series of hearings and investigations into the domestic terror threat posed by violent white nationalists, as well as urged the Administration to develop a comprehensive plan to counter this threat.  Ms. Phoenix also served as a counsel for the second impeachment of President Donald J. Trump, helping research, gather and organize the factual record behind the former President’s involvement in the January 6th insurrection.  Previously, she also served as a Senior Trial Attorney in the Civil Rights Division of the United States Justice Department, where she advanced equal employment opportunities and protections for all Americans.


Tim Mulvey, Communications Director

Tim Mulvey is a communications professional with more than a decade of experience at senior levels of government.  He most recently served as Communications Director for the United States House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs, where he served as a senior spokesperson and strategic advisor to Chairman Eliot Engel.  In this role, Mr. Mulvey led the majority staff in developing and implementing communications strategy around high-level hearings and legislation related to foreign affairs and national security issues.  Previously, he served as a speechwriter at the State Department, serving two Secretaries of State.


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