In a new interview with Fox News, the chairman of the House Administration Committee’s Oversight Subcommittee, Rep. Barry Loudermilk of Georgia, described the revelation as bringing the investigation into a ‘new phase.’
Loudermilk alleges that a forensics team found that 117 files had been either deleted or encrypted on January 1, 2023, shortly before the Republicans took over the investigation that had previously been led by Rep. Bennie Thompson and Rep. Liz Cheney.
The congressman is demanding that Democrats handover the passwords as the files have since been recovered. The files are believe to contain interviews and depositions that could prove crucial to the case.
‘It’s obvious that went to great lengths to prevent Americans from seeing certain documents produced in their investigation.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 said.
The chair of the investigation, Rep. Barry Loudermilk said that the files have been recovered and he’s demanding Rep. Bennie Thompson and Rep. Liz Cheney hand over the passwords
Rep. Barry Loudermilk said that the investigation into ‘what really happened’ that day is growing thanks to the support of new House Speaker Mike Johnson
The former state senator said that the investigation into ‘what really happened’ that day is growing thanks to the support of new House Speaker Mike Johnson, who is pouring more taxpayer dollars into the probe.
‘The speaker has committed whatever resources we need to move forward, and has basically tripled the size of our staff,’ he said.
The riot, which began after ex-President Donald Trump called on his supporters to try and overturn the result of the 2020 election, was responsible to for the deaths of nine people, saw dozens more injured and has so far seen 1,200 people charged.
‘We are investigating what really happened on January 6 and how were these people — whoever they were — how were they able to get into the Capitol? What was the security failure?,’ Loudermilk told Fox News.
‘Because the American people have a right to know what happened. My main goal is to get the truth out there and give the American people the ability to make their own determination on this with facts — not with preconceived ideas or pre-determined narratives — but just the facts of what happened,’ he added.
The Georgia conservative accused the Democratic investigation into the riot as trying to ‘prove something that they wanted to be the truth.’
He went on to say that liberal’s ‘cherry-picked’ evidence and omitted things that contradicted their narrative.
‘Look, I’m not here to vindicate anyone. But we want the truth to prevail,’ Loudermilk said.
Loudermilk said that his investigation will target security failures on the days including the erection of a gallows by Trump supporters, something that has been used in Biden campaign adds.
‘He’s using images of the gallows that was erected — that’s something we’ve been investigating. It was erected at 6 in the morning — how in the world did it stay up all day long? Right with Capitol Police there? That is something that at first sight, somebody should have been taking down,’ Loudermilk said.
‘We do know there was plenty of intelligence that there was going to be an attack on the Capitol. So Secret Service knew of it. The FBI knew of it. Department of Defense had intelligence. Homeland Security had intelligence. That intelligence was sent to the Capitol Police Intelligence Division—but it never got passed on any further. The chief did not know about it,’ he went on.
Loudermilk said that intelligence has indicated that there were federal agents embedded with the crowd, common practice for large gatherings.
Authorities are still working to identify more than 80 people wanted for acts of violence at the Capitol and to find out who placed pipe bombs outside the Republican and Democratic national committees’ offices the day before the Capitol attack.
And they continue to regularly make new arrests, even as some Jan. 6 defendants are being released from prison after completing their sentences.
The cases are playing out at the same courthouse where Trump is scheduled to stand trial in March in the case accusing the former president of conspiring to overturn his 2020 election loss in the run-up to the Capitol attack.
‘The Justice Department will hold all Jan. 6 perpetrators at any level accountable under the law, whether they were present that day or otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy,’ Attorney General Merrick Garland said earlier this month.
He said the cases filed by Graves and the special counsel in Trump’s federal case, Jack Smith, show the department is ‘abiding by the long-standing norms to ensure independence and integrity or our investigations.’