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Jan. 6 Committee Tapes Have Disappeared, Says House Republican

The disappearance of videotapes of witness interviews conducted by the Democratic-led House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack has alarmed the chairman of the House panel that replaced it.

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), who chairs the House Administration Oversight Subcommittee that is currently investigating security lapses connected to the Capitol riot and potential ramifications for upcoming criminal trials, is questioning the disappearance of the video evidence.

“All of the videotapes of all depositions are gone,” Mr. Loudermilk told the “Just the News, No Noise” television show Thursday night.

“We found out about this early in the investigation when I received a call from someone who was looking for some information off one of the videotapes, and we started searching, and we had none,” Mr. Loudermilk explained. “I wrote a letter to Bennie Thompson asking for them. And he confirmed that they did not preserve those types. He didn’t feel that they had to.”

According to Mr. Loudermilk, the videotapes met the requirements for congressional evidence under House rules because some of the segments were shown at hearings, and the now-defunct J6 committee, led by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss), ought to have kept all of the recordings.

“According to House rules, you have to preserve any data and information and documents that are used in an official proceeding, which they did. They (J6 Democrats) actually aired portions of these tapes on their televised hearings, which means they had to keep those,” Mr. Loudermilk said. “Yet he chose not to.”

The lawmaker explained why he believes this is an important piece of evidence to maintain, citing that some witnesses, such as former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson, have changed their testimony over time, and even transcripts might not be sufficient to obtain a full understanding of the testimony.

“I want to see what her body language is when she gave her original testimony,” Mr. Loudermilk said of the former White House staffer. “I want to see what her voice inflection is, was she very confident in what she was saying at that time, but then later decided to change it?

“This is why it’s so important that we have those videotapes and I believe that’s probably why we don’t have them … I believe they exist somewhere. We’ve just got to find where all these videos are.”

The disclosure may also affect the criminal proceedings that are taking place in federal court in Washington, and state court in Georgia, where former President Donald Trump and his associates are accused of crimes connected to the events of Jan. 6, 2021.

A court recently denied President Trump’s legal team’s request for specific material from the Jan. 6 committee. District of Columbia Judge Tanya Chutkan turned down the former president, saying his requests were essentially a fishing expedition.

In her seven-page ruling, she reprimanded President Trump for his demands, claiming that they were too broad and too unclear. It further claimed that he was abusing his authority by trying to get information that was available through other channels in violation of Federal Rule of Criminal Procedure 17.

“Defendant has not met his burdens with respect to his proposed Rule 17(c) subpoenas,” Judge Chutkan said. “He has not sufficiently justified his requests for either the ‘Missing Materials’ themselves or the other five categories of documents related to them.”

The judge went on to quote United States v. Cuthbertson, adding that the “broad scope of the records that defendant seeks, and his vague description of their potential relevance, resemble less ‘a good faith effort to obtain identified evidence’ than they do ‘a general fishing expedition that attempts to use the [Rule 17(c) subpoena] as a discovery device.'”

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  • KimmidyKrikket says:

    REALLY ????? There It Is The J6 Congressional Committy Video Tapes Of Witnesses Testimonials Is Missing, How Very Convenient For Them To Loose Them Or As Said By Bennie Thomas (D-Miss) Representative Congressman Didn’t Think He Needed To Keep These Video Testimonials Of Whom They Called To Witnesses Against All Of The Alledged Accused Of The J6 Inserection Even Those Of Whom Were Sapiened Against Their Will To Testify In Front Of The J6 Officials For The Evidence Against Said Accused Especially Against Former President Donald Trump To Show They Bared Witness To Whatever J6 Committy Wanted So Desperately To Show They Have All The Right Of Prosecution Of Everyone Involved With The Inserection That They Say Happened, WhatK8nd Of Total Idiot Is Bennie Thomas (D-Miss) Congressman ?Thats Absolutely Ridiculous !!! It Is In Concern To Negligence On The Part Of The Demoncratic Party Of
    The J6 Committy Of The Time They Took To Make This Investigation Into J6, It’s A Waste Of Tax Payers Money To Do A Fake Congressional Hearing For All Those Weeks Of Bullshit To Loose The Vital Points Of Evidence On Video Of Their Agenda For Prosecution For What ??? STUPIDITY OF LAWMAKERS ON THE LEFT SHOULD BE FIND $$$$ FOR THE TIME WASTED BY THE J6 COMMITTY PLUS PAY $$$$ FOR RESTITUTION BACK TO THOSE WHOM ATTENDED UNWILLINGLY BY SEPIENE AND BACK TO THE TAX PAYERS TIME !!!! & Acquit The Cases Set Against All Of Whom Have Been Arrested For J6 Because This Is All A Lie !!!!

  • Sherri Hostuttler says:

    this whole case should be thrown out and every person sitting in jail related to J6 should be freed UNTIL they can come up with those tapes!!! the democratic party is so crooked!!!!

  • Randie says:

    Pardon everyone of them if proof of they’re guilty has disappeared.

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