Chief Judge Beryl Howell of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against a request to allow the creation of a database of evidence on the Jan. 6 Capitol Hill breach, according to The Epoch Times.
The judge ruled against the Department of Justice’s request, which included a plan to use a private contractor to populate the database.
According to the Epoch Times report, the DOJ requested approval to provide grand jury material to Deloitte Financial Advisory Services due to federal rules that block disclosure of such materials to all but public government entities.
“Undoubtedly, the government has a genuine need for the highly technical expertise offered by Deloitte to provide litigation support and process efficiently the cumbersome myriad forms of electronic data collected in investigating the Capitol attack,” the judge wrote in a 54-page opinion.
In their argument the Biden administration DOJ leaned on exceptions that are sometimes made, including those that could consider Deloitte government personnel.
“The department explained that the lack of a centralized entity to handle all the evidence would threaten ‘to slow the discovery process, delay contemplated trial proceedings, and undermine the considerable benefits of having a single, secure, searchable database for discovery materials,'” the Times reported.
Howell agreed that the government does need Deloitte’s help in this case, however, he disagreed with their assertion, saying that the definition of public government entity “cannot be stretched to include a private contractor such as Deloitte, no matter how compelling the need for disclosure may be.”
The Jan. 6 Captiol Hill riot case is still at the forefront of many minds considering that more than 500 individuals nationwide have been charged with crimes and misdemeanors in connection with the event.
The Epoch Times reported on the sheer breath of what has been gathered about those who participated, including evidence that includes a staggering amount of information many might have considered private.
Included in the sweep is includes video footage, social media posts, device location history and cellphone tower data for hundreds of devices located at the Capitol at the time of the breach.
The DOJ hired Deloitte on May 28, 2021 to help them handle the massive data trove, looking for assistance in producing exculpatory evidence to defense attorneys, according to the Times.
The publication stated that this investigation is the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence,” and includes information obtained using more than 6,000 grand jury subpoenas.