GOP slams J6 Committee over bad record keeping

 August 9, 2023

The Republican lawmaker in charge of the GOP investigation into the House select committee's work claims that the committee failed to adequately preserve documents, data, and video depositions related to its investigation of the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021. 

This includes communications with the Biden White House, which have yet to be found, as Fox News reported.

Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight for the Committee on House Administration, told Fox News Digital that the now-defunct "J6" committee, which was run by Democrats and included only two GOP members, has failed to provide any evidence that it looked into Capitol Hill security failures on the day of the riot.

Loudermilk stated that his team's probe of Representative Bennie Thompson's handling of the J6 investigation has been hampered by a lack of information.

Lawmaker's Comments

"Part of our task as this oversight subcommittee is to actually address the security failures, look into how did it happen… how were these folks able to get into the Capitol," Loudermilk said. He said the documents they obtained came over in boxes and was completely unorganized.

"Nothing was indexed. There was no table of contents index. Usually when you conduct this level of investigation, you use a database system and everything is digitized, indexed. We got nothing like that. We just got raw data," he said. "So it took us a long time going through it and one thing I started realizing is we don't have anything much at all from the Blue Team."

The "Blue Team," as Loudermilk calls the subcommittee of the J6 that was tasked with looking into Capitol security lapses, was formed to do just that. According to Loudermilk, the committee "shut down" the Blue Team so that they could pin the blame on former President Trump.

"We've got lots of depositions, we've got lots of subpoenas, we've got video and other documents provided through subpoenas by individuals. But we're not seeing anything from the Blue Team as far as reports on the investigation they did looking into the actual breach itself," he said.

"What we also realized we didn't have was the videos of all the depositions," Loudermilk added.

Additional Concerns

According to Loudermilk, the committee found out it did not have the recordings the defense attorney was looking for after being approached by him. The attorney wanted access to important information in one of the video depositions.

Letters from the offices of Loudermilk and Thompson were obtained by Fox News Digital, and they revealed that the two lawmakers had different opinions on whether or not the J6 committee had done what it was obligated to do by House rules regarding preservation.

In a letter dated June 26th, Loudermilk informed Thompson that, according to the law and House regulations, Thompson's committee must keep and give over any and all information gathered during their investigation before the end of the congressional term in December.

Thompson replied in writing that Loudermilk's letter contained several "factual errors," and that his committee had complied with the requirements and provided "4 terabytes" of material.

According to Loudermilk, his committee has only gotten 2.5 gigabytes of material, and Thompson admitted they did not save what they were supposed to in the first footnote of his letter to him dated July 7.

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