The hours of witness statements, piles of documents, compelling graphics and sheer amazement at the revelations of the House Select Committee hearings investigating the riots that unfolded in the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 may well be a of the most compelling stories to perish come from the United States Congress — but perhaps even more compelling is that all information was wiped, wiped, deleted and otherwise misappropriated by members of former President Donald Trump’s administration in the days, weeks, and months following the failed revolt.
Text messages and other data were deleted from the website, despite requests from the Congressional watchdog and the government to keep evidence from that day. Those involved in responding to the attack had their government-issued phones “wipe” as part of what the Pentagon called a standard process for departing employees. Top officials, including former Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf and former Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli, are in the same process.
“The same mindset that would seek sweeping pardons is probably the same that would cover up,” said Ryan Goodman, a former Defense Department attorney. multiple evictions around the January 6 attack. “All data points currently correspond to a cover-up as the most likely explanation.”
The House committee continues to look for more evidence related to the January 6 uprising, including the search for deleted texts. Panel employees declined to comment on this story.
Trump’s aides and advisers have denied any allegation.
But the apparent eclipse was impossible to ignore. When the Jan. 6 committee staged its “season finale” last month, it was — the more than three hours between when Trump finished his speech to supporters on the Ellipse near the White House to when he finally broke off the rioters.
The White House call logs and the President’s Daily Diary were empty for much of that time, and Trump’s White House photographer was told during that time he had “no photos” while writing to TSTIME News. sat glued to watching the riots unfold. But, as the committee pointed out, Trump had been on the phone extensively with Rudy Giuliani, one of his attorneys at the time, and even lobbied senators, while they were being evacuated, to try to reverse his election loss.
Investigators have been able to use documents from various lawsuits and even public interviews to fill in gaps in that day’s timeline. But breakthroughs sometimes seem to have been almost accidental.
One of the greatest treasure troves of information came from former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows before he started investigating. And that doesn’t explain the White House meeting with one of the top lawmakers who helped coordinate the uprising, Rep. Scott Perry, R-Penn.
This week, a wealth of information accidentally entered the defamation lawsuit from Alex Jones, a long-standing conspiracy theorist and January 6 coordinator, when Jones’s lawyers were revealed via his cell phone to Mark Bankston, a lawyer who told the parents of Sandy Hook represents. Bankston said the Jan. 6 commission had requested the messages and related documents.