In a startling revelation, the House Select Committee that probed events of January 6, 2021 has been accused of failing to preserve vital documents, data, and video depositions.
This includes crucial communications with the Biden White House, which are reportedly missing. The allegations were made by the Republican lawmaker overseeing the GOP investigation into the committee’s work.
The committee, known as the “J6” committee, was predominantly run by Democrats and included only two GOP members.
It has been criticized for not providing any evidence that it investigated the security failures at the Capitol on the day of the riot. Rep. Barry Loudermilk, chairman of the Subcommittee on Oversight for the Committee on House Administration, expressed his concerns to Fox News Digital.
He lamented the lack of organization in the data provided, stating, “Nothing was indexed. There was no table of contents index. We just got raw data.”
🚨🚨🚨 TRUMP HAS JAN 6TH SUBPOENA POWER, AND PRESTO THE EVIDENCE HAS BEEN DESTROYED…
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Loudermilk further revealed the “Blue Team,” which was supposed to investigate security lapses, was abruptly “shut down.” He suggested this was because the committee intended to lay the blame on former President Trump, who has since been indicted for allegedly inciting the demonstration.
The House Select Committee, officially known as the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol, was convened by then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) under chairman Rep. Benny Thompson (D-MS).
The committee was supposed to be composed of eight Democrats and five Republicans. However, Pelosi rejected two Republican nominees, leading to McCarthy withdrawing all of the Republican nominees. Instead, Pelosi handpicked two anti-Trump Republicans.
Jan 6th footage resurfaces showing "Violent Trump Thugs" being very peaceful ushered out of the house chamber like school children! pic.twitter.com/nTbBOMkA0p
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The committee, which included an extensive staff of lawyers and spent millions of dollars, conducted more than 1,000 interviews of witnesses who testified, usually under oath, in closed-door depositions.
However, only a few of these witnesses were called to testify publicly at hearings that were scripted, with committee members reading from teleprompters. Videos and transcripts were made, but only a few clips were shown to the public, and only a few transcripts were released.
In a letter to Loudermilk, Thompson admitted that the committee had not preserved what he termed “temporary” materials, including videos and transcripts that were not used in public hearings or official publications of the committee.
This led to the destruction of raw evidence that its professional lawyers spent months, and millions, to collect.
This act of destroying records appears to be an attempt to obstruct future Republican investigations of its work.
It also effectively denied former President Trump access to evidence that might potentially aid his defense in the criminal prosecutions that the committee itself had urged the Department of Justice to launch. Furthermore, it prevented other witnesses from clearing their names.
The January 6 Committee defied a demand last year by incoming Speaker of the House Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to preserve all of its records, evidence, and transcripts. Much of what it collected over more than a year of investigation has been destroyed.
This raises serious questions about the transparency and integrity of the committee’s work.