J6 committee destroyed records, videos in effort against Trump

August 11, 2023

The January 6 Committee reportedly destroyed records and videos related to the alleged incidents despite a demand to preserve all records.

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) shared the shocking news during an interview on Tuesday.

Multiple problems

“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 [which was to have investigated security lapses]," he added.

McCarthy's request

“It is imperative that all information collected be preserved not just for institutional prerogatives but for transparency to the American people,” he wrote.

“The American people have a right to know that the allegations you have made are supported by the facts," he added.

The evidence

"Consistent with guidance from the Office of the Clerk and other authorities, the Select Committee did not archive temporary committee records that were not elevated by the Committee’s actions, such as use in hearings or official publications, or those that did not further its investigative activities," former Chairman Bennie Thomson said.

"Accordingly, and contrary to your letter’s implication, the Select Committee was not obligated to archive all video recordings of transcribed interviews or depositions," he continued.

The committee was required by law to turn over all records at the end of the 2022 congressional term. Thompson's letter to Loudermilk claimed instead that "four terabytes" of data had been turned over.

Loudermilk noted that his committee only received 2.5 terabytes of data. He also pointed out that Thompson's letter included a footnote admitting that not all records were preserved as required.

While those on the committee seek to clear themselves of wrongdoing, the evidence shows that some material was not turned over but in fact, destroyed. Whether any of the information was key to the decisions made by the committee now remains a mystery, leaving room for speculation over what happened to the missing material and why was it removed.

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