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House Jan. 6 Committee deleted more than 100 encrypted files days before GOP took majority: sources

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Jan 22, 2024, 6:45:03 PMJan 22
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The House Administration Committee's Oversight Subcommittee is
leading an investigation into Jan. 6, 2021, led by Chairman Barry
Loudermilk, R-Ga. The panel is investigating the security failures
on that day, as well as the "actions" of the former select committee
investigating the Capitol riot.


Loudermilk, last week, told Fox News Digital his investigation has
entered a "new phase" with renewed support from House Speaker Mike
Johnson, R-La., who has committed additional resources to the
panel’s investigation.

Sources familiar with Loudermilk’s investigation told Fox News
Digital that, per House rules, the former select committee, which
was chaired by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., was required to turn
over all documents from its investigation to the new, GOP-led panel,
after Republicans secured the majority of the House of
Representatives following the 2022 midterm elections.

Sources told Fox News Digital that Thompson had told Loudermilk that
the select committee would turn over four terabytes of archived
data, but that the new committee only received approximately two
terabytes of data.

Fox News Digital has learned that Loudermilk’s committee hired a
digital forensics team to scrape hard drives to determine what
information they were not given.

The forensics team, according to sources familiar with their search,
determined that 117 files were both deleted and encrypted. Sources
said those files were deleted on Jan. 1, 2023 – just days before
Thompson’s team was required to transfer the data to the new

Fox News Digital has learned the forensics team has recovered all
117 deleted and encrypted files. Now, Loudermilk is demanding
answers and passwords to access the data.

Fox News Digital exclusively obtained a letter Loudermilk sent to
Thompson, requesting access to recovered digital files by his
forensic team.

"As you acknowledged in your July 7, 2023 letter, the Select
Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States
Capitol (Select Committee) did not archive all Committee records as
required by House Rules," Loudermilk wrote. "You wrote that you sent
specific transcribed interviews and depositions to the White House
and Department of Homeland Security but did not archive them with
the Clerk of the House."

Loudermilk added that Thompson also "claimed that you turned over 4
-terabytes of digital files, but the hard drives archived by the
Select Committee with the Clerk of the House contain less than 3-
terabytes of data."

Loudermilk explained that after a forensic analysis of the data and
archived hard drives, he was able to recover "numerous digital
records from hard drives archived by the Select Committee."

"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

Loudermilk asked that Thompson provide him "a list of passwords for
all password-protected files created by the Select Committee" so
that his committee can "access these files and ensure they are
properly archived."

Meanwhile, Loudermilk also penned letters to White House general
counsel and the general counsel of the Department of Homeland
Security, requesting "unedited and unredacted transcripts" of White
House and DHS testimony to the former select committee.

Loudermilk's committee knows the transcripts of these interviews
exist, but said they were not turned over by the Thompson-led

Loudermilk demanded the White House and DHS comply with his request
by Jan. 24.

"It’s obvious that Pelosi’s Select Committee 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 told Fox News Digital.

"The American people deserve to know the full truth, and Speaker
Johnson has empowered me to use all tools necessary to recover these
documents to get the truth, and I will."
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