CONFIRMED: Pelosi’s J6 Committee Deleted Over 100 Encrypted Files to Keep Them from Republicans as they took over the House.
The House panel seeking to investigate the events of Jan. 6, 2021 on Capitol Hill has learned that the hand-picked panel appointed by then-Speaker Nancy Pelosi when Democrats controlled the House deleted as well as encrypting files.
Fox News reported Monday that the House Administration Committee’s oversight subcommittee, which is led by Republican Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia, discovered that 117 files were deleted on Jan. 1, 2023, just before the deadline for Pelosi’s panel to share all of its information with the new GOP-controlled panel.
BREAKING.🚨🚨— Kyle Becker (@kylenabecker) January 22, 2024
CONFIRMED: Pelosi’s J6 Committee Deleted Over 100 Encrypted Files to Keep Them from Republicans https://t.co/KzFs4G8NIV
The House Administration Committee’s Oversight Subcommittee, chaired by Republican Barry Loudermilk of Georgia, is took over the inquiry into the events of January 6, 2021. The new panel is looking at the security shortcomings that day, as well as the “actions” of the previous Select Committee on J6 convened under the last democrat-controlled Congress.
Democratic Rep. Thompson of Mississippi and then-Republican Rep. Cheney of Wyoming were the chairman and vice chairwoman of the Jan. 6 committee.
Mr. Loudermilk said the missing documents include records of information shared with the Department of Justice and Fulton County District Attorney, as alluded to in the Jan. 6 committee’s final report.— Kerry Picket (@KerryPicket) January 23, 2024
Mr. Thompson previously denied that the select committee’s investigative… https://t.co/qckjxMKAqs
Loudermilk has said that his inquiry has entered a “new phase” and announced that by using a a digital forensics team they recovered over 100 deleted and encrypted files which Thompson and Cheney had deleted instead of turning over to House Republicans.
“One recovered file disclosed the identity of an individual whose testimony was not archived by the Select Committee,” Loudermilk wrote. “Further, we found that most of the recovered files are password-protected, preventing us from determining what they contain.”
GOP DEMANDING FORMER LEADERS OF THE JAN 6TH COMMITTEE HAND OVER PASSWORDS TO ENCRYPTED FILES –— BelannF (@BelannF) January 24, 2024
Committee accused of deleting over 100 files before GOP took control of House
Rep. Barry Loudermilk, the Georgia Republican leading the House Administration Committee’s oversight… pic.twitter.com/GOJoYlYocQ
“It’s obvious that Pelosi’s Select Committee went to great lengths to prevent Americans from seeing certain documents produced in their investigation,” Loudermilk told Fox News. “It also appears that Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney intended to obstruct our Subcommittee by failing to preserve critical information and videos as required by House rules.”
Loudermilk requested a list of passwords for all password-protected files created by the Select Committee from Thompson. This would allow his committee to access and properly archive the files.
Simultaneously, Loudermilk sent letters to the White House and the Department of Homeland Security, requesting unedited and unredacted transcripts of their respective testimonies.
Loudermilk’s committee is aware of the existence of these transcripts, but they were not provided by the previous investigation led by Thompson.