Forensic investigators hired by a Republican committee recovered over 100 files previously deleted by the January 6 Select Committee.
House Administration Oversight Subcommittee Chair Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) sent a letter to former Select Committee Chair Bennie Thompson, (D-MS) requesting information relating to the data.
According to sources familiar with the matter, Thompson told Loudermilk that the committee would provide more than four terabytes of archived information, although the new Republican committee only received about two terabytes of data, Fox News Digital reported.
Loudermilk wrote in a letter that Thompson claimed to have “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.”
Many of the recovered files are also password-protected, Loudermilk described.
“One recovered file disclosed the identity of an individual whose testimony was not archived by the Select Committee,” he wrote to Thompson. “Further, we found that most of the recovered files are password-protected, preventing us from determining what they contain.”
Loudermilk also wrote follow-up letters to the White House Counsel’s Office and the Department of Homeland Security, requesting the “unedited and unredacted transcripts” of the counsels’ testimony to the former select committee.
The Republican representative told Fox News Digital, “It’s obvious that [former House Speaker Nancy] 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.”
“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,” Loudermilk continued.