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Trump says files deleted by Jan 6 committee ‘exonerated me completely’

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Former President Donald Trump said Monday that the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol “would not have existed” if then-House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) had accepted “proposals” made days earlier on security. I didn't.'' And he said the more than 100 files deleted by Democrats proved his “total” innocence.

President Trump revealed that a Democratic-led House Select Committee removed 117 encrypted files from its investigation on January 6, days before Republicans took control of the House majority, Fox News Digital Exclusive He was responding to the news.

House January 6 Committee removes over 100 encrypted files before GOP becomes majority: Source

President Trump reacted to this revelation, saying, “An entire commission of political operatives, thugs, and sociopaths was a fraud orchestrated to undermine and defeat your favorite president, Donald J. Trump.'' ” he posted on his Truth Social. “They deleted and destroyed almost everything, because it completely exonerated me and was very bad for crazy Nancy Pelosi and other fascists and communists.”

A scene from the January 6 riot at the US Capitol in 2021. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

“It shows that Ms. Pelosi was in charge of security at the Capitol, and she rejected my proposal to send in 10,000 soldiers or the National Guard before January 6,” Trump said. continued. “If she had accepted, January 6th would not have existed!”

President Trump has claimed since 2021 that he proposed sending the National Guard to the Capitol in the days before the Capitol riot because of information the government had about activities on Jan. 6. President Trump has said Pelosi has authority over the Capitol and that he has proposed deploying the National Guard. Troops will be deployed “three days in advance.” “She said no,” Trump said.

“The mayor of D.C. She sent us a letter saying she had turned it down. yes, I have. Nancy Pelosi was also asked a question, but she declined. President Trump said in an interview on NBC last year that “the chief of police of the Capitol Police…” and then pressed, “Wait a minute,” adding, “The Capitol Police said he wanted it, but Nancy… Pelosi won't accept it. She's in charge on January 6th.”

“The blame lies with Nancy Pelosi, and on January 6th the committee refused to interview her,” he said.

“As our office has previously stated, the former president's claims are completely fabricated,” a representative for Pelosi told Fox News Digital at the time.

The spokesperson added, “As numerous independent fact-checkers have confirmed, Speaker Pelosi did not plan her own assassination.”

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Riots at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

The House Administration Committee Oversight Subcommittee, led by Chairman Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.), is leading the investigation on January 6, 2021. The committee is investigating security failures that day and the “actions” of the former special committee investigating the Capitol riot.

Loudermilk told Fox News Digital last week that his investigation has entered a “new phase” with new support from House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-Louisiana), who has committed additional resources to the committee's investigation. Told.

People familiar with the Loudermilk investigation told Fox News Digital that, under House rules, the former select committee, chaired by Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Mississippi, was unable to complete any investigation included in the investigation. He was reportedly asked to hand over the documents to the New Republican Party. He led the panel after Republicans secured a majority in the House after the 2022 midterm elections.

Sources told Fox News Digital that Thompson told Loudermilk that the select committee would turn over 4 terabytes of archived data, but that the new committee would only receive about 2 terabytes of data.

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Fox News Digital revealed that Loudermilk's committee hired a digital forensics team to scrape hard drives to determine what information was not given.

President Trump in New Hampshire

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign event in Rochester, New Hampshire, Sunday, January 21, 2024. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa)

Fox News Digital exclusively obtained a letter Loudermilk sent to Thompson requesting access to the forensic team's recovered digital files.

A forensic team determined that 117 files had been deleted and encrypted, according to a source familiar with the investigation. According to officials, these files were deleted on January 1, 2023. It comes just days before Thompson's team was required to forward the data to the new committee.

Fox News Digital revealed that its forensic team recovered all 117 files that were deleted and encrypted. Loudermilk is currently asking for an answer and password to access the data.

“As you acknowledged in your letter dated July 7, 2023, the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol (Select Committee) is a member of the Special Committee as required by the rules of the House of Representatives. did not archive meeting records,” Loudermilk wrote. “You wrote that you sent specific interviews and depositions to the White House and the Department of Homeland Security, but did not archive them with the House Clerk.”

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Loudermilk added that Thompson also claimed, “You claimed to have handed over four terabytes of digital files, but the hard drives archived by the Select Committee with the Clerk of the House contain less than three terabytes of data.”

Loudermilk explained that as a result of forensic analysis of the data and archived hard drives, they were able to recover “numerous digital records from the hard drives archived by the task force.”

“One of the recovered files revealed the identity of an individual whose testimony was not archived by the task force,” Loudermilk wrote. “Additionally, we found that most of the recovered files were password protected, making it impossible to determine their contents.”

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Chairman Bennie Thompson and Rep. Liz Cheney sit on the special committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol on October 13, 2022. (Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call, Inc, via Getty Images)

Loudermilk asked Thompson to provide “a copy of all password-protected files created by the task force” so that his committee could “access these files and ensure they are properly archived.” asked for a list of passwords.

Meanwhile, Mr. Loudermilk also sent a letter to the White House General Counsel and the Department of Homeland Security General Counsel requesting “unedited and unedited transcripts” of testimony to former White House and Department of Homeland Security task forces. .

Mr. Loudermilk's committee said it was aware that records of those interviews existed, but they were not turned over by Mr. Thompson's committee.

Loudermilk asked the White House and the Department of Homeland Security to comply with his demands by January 24.

“It's clear Pelosi's special committee Every effort was made to prevent Americans from seeing certain documents produced during the investigation. It also appears that Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney were intent on obstructing the subcommittee by failing to preserve critical information and video as required by House rules,” Loudermilk told Fox News Digital. .

“The American people have a right to know the full truth, and Chairman Johnson has authorized me, and I will do the same, to use whatever tools we have to retrieve these documents to get to the truth. will do.”


Prime Minister Boris Johnson backed the investigation, telling Fox News Digital: “The January 6th commission was a partisan exercise determined to prove a political narrative regardless of the facts.”

“Rather than provide transparency and focus on security failures, the commission obscured the facts and suppressed evidence,” Johnson told Fox News Digital. “I commend Chairman Loudermilk and fully support the House Government Oversight Subcommittee's efforts to clearly communicate to the American people, not theatrics, what happened that day.”