Jan. 6 select committee destroyed records in defiance of McCarthy's orders

By Jen Krausz on
 August 11, 2023

The partisan anti-Trump January 6 House Select Committee ignored an order by House Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to preserve its records and findings when it disbanded, instead destroying most of what it had collected in the more than a year it operated.

Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) told Fox Digital on Tuesday about the committee's destruction of transcripts, evidence, and other records, as well as noting that the committee never looked into security lapses at the Capitol that day.

Communications the committee had with President Joe Biden are among the missing records, Loudermilk said.

The committee conducted more than 1,000 witness interviews, many of them behind closed doors, and several whose testimony was made public complained that their testimony was selectively edited in ways that changed its meaning.

Lawyers and investigators spent millions of dollars collecting the evidence that was destroyed, and the destruction may obscure some of what really happened that day.

Legal expert Mark Levin also pointed out that the destruction of records may have destroyed evidence former President Donald Trump could have used in his legal defense against charges related to the Jan. 6 Capitol breach, an event for which he was largely blamed by Democrats.