GOP Accuses Jan 6 Committee Of Deleting Evidence

Republicans in the House have published a report asserting that the select committee established on January 6, 2021, to investigate the events surrounding the 2021 Capitol breach was actually set up to further a political narrative. 

The report, issued by Loudermilk’s oversight subcommittee of the House Administration Committee, claimed that the committee deleted records and hired Hollywood producers to push a political narrative. The committee hired Hollywood editors to create the story they wanted to tell via CCTV footage.

In July of 2021, in the days leading up to President Biden’s inauguration on January 20, a group of Trump supporters broke into the United States Capitol. On January 6, a committee was established to examine the incident. After 18 months of research, the committee finally wrapped up last year when the Republicans took back the House and filed criminal prosecution recommendations to the Justice Department, suggesting that Trump should be charged for his role in the events leading up to the Capitol breach.

Two Republicans, Adam Kinzinger and Liz Cheney, who are no longer serving, and seven Democrats made up the committee. Democratic Mississippi Representative Bennie Thompson led the committee, with Cheney serving as vice chair. According to Loudermilk’s study, Cheney should not have been vice chair, as Democrats more appropriately hold the Role. Even after a Trump-appointed federal judge upheld the Jan. 6 committee’s investigative endeavors in 2022, Republicans continued to assert that the committee was wrongly formed.

In a Truth Social post this year, Trump once again singled out Cheney and said the committee erased and destroyed evidence. According to transcripts released by Loudermilk’s office, an interview with White House Deputy Chief of Staff Anthony Ornato—an official in the Trump administration—that was “withheld” by the committee supposedly casts doubt on the committee’s claim that it lacked evidence demonstrating that the Trump administration had requested National Guard assistance for January 6.