According to Fox News Digital, the now-disbanded House Select Committee on Jan. 6 deleted over 100 encrypted files before Republicans took the House majority.
The House Administration Committee’s Oversight Subcommittee is leading an investigation of security failures on J6 and the former select committee’s handling of its investigation.
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) January 22, 2024
Fox News reports:
Loudermilk, last week, told Fox News Digital his investigation has entered a “new phase” with renewed support from House Speaker Mike Johnson, R-La., who has committed additional resources to the panel’s investigation.
Sources familiar with Loudermilk’s investigation told Fox News Digital that, per House rules, the former select committee, which was chaired by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., was required to turn over all documents from its investigation to the new, GOP-led panel, after Republicans secured the majority of the House of Representatives following the 2022 midterm elections.
Sources told Fox News Digital that Thompson had told Loudermilk that the select committee would turn over four terabytes of archived data, but that the new committee only received approximately two terabytes of data.
Fox News Digital has learned that Loudermilk’s committee hired a digital forensics team to scrape hard drives to determine what information they were not given.
The forensics team, according to sources familiar with their search, determined that 117 files were both deleted and encrypted. Sources said those files were deleted on Jan. 1, 2023 – just days before Thompson’s team was required to transfer the data to the new committee.
Fox News Digital has learned the forensics team has recovered all 117 deleted and encrypted files. Now, Loudermilk is demanding answers and passwords to access the data.
— New York Post (@nypost) January 22, 2024
Collin Rugg writes:
According to a forensic team, 117 files were deleted and encrypted on January 1, 2023, just days before Loudermilk was supposed to receive all files.
“As you acknowledged in your July 7, 2023 letter, the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol did not archive all Committee records as required by House Rules,” Loudermilk wrote to former chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D).
“You wrote that you sent specific transcribed interviews and depositions to the White House and Department of Homeland Security but did not archive them with the Clerk of the House.”
The video below shows Jacob Chansley telling protestors to “go home” and to be respectful on J6.
JUST IN: The House January 6 Committee deleted 100+ encrypted files just days before Republicans gained the majority according to Fox News.
Republican representative Barry Loudermilk, who is leading an investigation into the security failures of J6, was supposed to receive four… pic.twitter.com/FLQ73bPxOw
— Collin Rugg (@CollinRugg) January 22, 2024
From the New York Post:
“Yes, these reports are accurate,” Rep. Morgan Griffith (R-Va.), who sits on the subcommittee, confirmed to The Post. “Unfortunately, at this time, we cannot determine what was in the deleted files.”Advertisement
“The Democrat-led J6 Select Committee obviously took great strides to shield certain information from us,” Rep. Greg Murphy (R-NC), another subcommittee member, told The Post. “The question is: why? What are they trying to hide? Their whole plan was to ‘get to the truth of the matter’. They obviously didn’t want the real truth, just ‘their’ truth.”
The panel’s chairman, Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), has since written to former House Jan. 6 Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) requesting passwords to access the data, according to a copy of the letter obtained by the Post.
Thompson “claimed” to have “turned over 4-terabytes of digital files, but the hard drives archived by the Select Committee with the Clerk of the House contain less than 3- terabytes of data,” Loudermilk wrote.
He told Thompson that his subcommittee found “numerous digital records from hard drives archived by the Select Committee” and asked for “a list of passwords” to “access these files and ensure they are properly archived.”