A leading Republican lawmaker and head of a subcommittee looking at the House January 6 Committee hearings said earlier this week that Democrats appear to have not preserved a swath of evidence, likely because it did not fit their political narrative that the riot was an “insurrection.”

On Tuesday, Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), who chairs the House Administration Subcommittee on Oversight, conveyed to Fox News that the House Jan. 6 select committee fell short in its efforts to properly preserve documents, data, and video depositions, the Los Angeles Times reported, including the communications it had with President Joe Biden’s administration.

Additionally, Loudermilk pointed out that the committee failed to present any proof of its investigation into the security lapses on Capitol Hill during the riot.

Loudermilk’s statement led former President Donald Trump to blast on his Truth Social platform: “The January 6th Unselect Committee got rid of EVERYTHING! Discarded, Deleted, Thrown Out. A Flagrant Violation of the law. They had so much to hide, and now that I have Subpoena Power, they didn’t want to get caught. They knew EXACTLY what they were doing. AN EGREGIOUS CRIMINAL ACT & BLATANT DISREGARD OF THE LAW! Can you imagine if I would have done such a thing???.”

The Dem-run Jan. 6 committee did not dispose of “everything,” and Loudermilk and Republicans aren’t claiming that. However, they believe some key evidence that may run afoul of the Democrat political narratives surrounding the incident was not preserved.

“We’ve got lots of depositions, we’ve got lots of subpoenas, we’ve got video and other documents provided through subpoenas by individuals,” he told Fox News.

The Times noted:

Official records are typically handed over to a successor committee, then to the House clerk, and eventually to the National Archives, where they’re shielded by law from public view for at least 30 years. Sensitive information can be held back for up to 50 years.

When Republicans took control of the House in January, they included something new in the rules for the 118th Congress: an order that all documents that were retained from the House Jan. 6 select committee go to the House Administration Committee. All materials already sent to the National Archives were to be returned.


House Rule VII, which outlines preservation of House records at the end of each two-year Congress and has been used by nearly every Congress including the current one, loosely defines what has to be preserved. It says that committees should preserve an “official, permanent record of the committee (including any record of a legislative, oversight, or other activity of such committee or a subcommittee thereof).”

Meanwhile, earlier this summer, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.)  said that House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was planning to hand over as much Jan. 6 surveillance video as he could in order to be more transparent.

“Huge news: As I promised the J6 tapes will be released,” Greene tweeted in May, noting that McCarthy was set to turn over video to additional media outlets after releasing the first batch to then-Fox News host Tucker Carlson, The Hill reported.

Included in the video release were Just the News’ John Solomon and American Greatness investigative reporter Julie Kelly.

After McCarthy released over 40,000 hours of unseen footage from the Capitol Building to Carlson earlier this year, pressure began mounting on McCarthy to release them to a wider media audience.

McCarthy has promised to give the public and media access to the tapes after his team reviews all of the footage to address any potential security concerns.

“This is the challenge. The Democrats told us it was only 14,000 hours of tapes, lo and behold, we take the majority and it’s 42,000 hours, so that would take me years to go all the way through. Yeah, I think the public should see what’s happened to them. We’ve worked with the Capitol Police [to] tell us about [any] section that there was a problem. And that takes a long time. But we want to make sure everybody has the opportunity to come and see what they want,” McCarthy said. “So we’ve created the process to make that start happening.”

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