Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) has once again called for a formal investigation into the January 6 congressional committee after it was revealed that committee members deleted more than 100 encrypted files just days before the GOP took the majority in 2023.
The committee — which defied congressional proceedings by refusing to allow then House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to appoint representatives — has featured prominently in the Biden Administration’s false “insurrection” narrative surrounding the January 6 Capitol protests. The committee’s primetime, publicly televised hearings were edited by Hollywood producers and have been cited by U.S. District Judges when handing down harsh sentences for January 6 defendants.
The committee also selectively released just tiny segments from the more than 40,000 hours of security camera footage, something House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-LA) has sought to correct by releasing the tapes.
🚨BREAKING: Utah Senator Mike Lee is calling for an investigation into the January 6th committee.
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— Ian Jaeger (@IanJaeger29) January 22, 2024
Following the recent developments, Senator Lee has renewed calls for a formal investigation into the heavily biased committee. “Why didn’t Liz Cheney and Adam Kizinger ever refer to any of these tapes? Maybe they never looked for them. Maybe they never even questioned their own narrative. Maybe they were just too busy selectively leaking the text messages of Republicans they wanted to defeat,” Lee wrote in an X post this past November.
In a follow-up post, Lee accused Kinzinger and Cheney of intentionally hiding the tapes, adding that a formal inquiry needs to be launched in the Pelosi-led committee.
U.S. Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-GA) has previously revealed that the committee deleted several deposition tapes from witnesses. One of the most notable depositions was that of former Trump aide Cassidy Hutchinson, who told a bizarre story about Trump attempting to “grab the steering wheel” of a vehicle while the protests were unfolding. This account has been refuted by Secret Service agents.
“That is true. I can confirm that,” Loudermilk told Just The News when asked about the Hutchinson tapes. And all of the videotapes of all depositions are gone. Again, we found out about this early in the investigation when I received a call from someone who was looking for some information off one of the videotapes and we started searching and we had none.”
Hutchinson has since been ordered to turn over any communications or documents relating to her testimony under threat of a subpoena.