(Ezekiel Loseke, Headline USA) In preparation for the Republican’s takeover of the U.S. House, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., responding to reports that House Democrats will scrub the record of J6 operations, sent a letter to the chair of the J6 Committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss, demanding the preservation of the record.
The pronouncement came after Adam Schiff, D-Calif., earlier this week told CNN that he would purge the record of the January Sixth subcommittee. He said, before they handed the committee over to Republicans, “we will have to make sure that we scrub that evidence for personally identifiable information.”
McCarthy warned against such a destruction of evidence in his letter to Thompson, and pointedly noted that the American people had chosen Republicans as the majority party in the House for the new term, according to Politico.
McCarthy then turned his attention to claims that Democrats intended to destroy evidence. He wrote “it is imperative that all information collected be preserved not just for institutional prerogatives but for transparency to the American people.”
He continued, “The official Congressional Records do not belong to you or any member, but to the American people, and they are owed all the information you gathered — not merely the information that comports with your agenda.”
McCarthy reminded the committee why the American people are entitled to this information. He said, “You have spent a year and a half and millions of taxpayers’ dollars conducting this investigation.”
McCarthy concluded that the American people have a right to know the facts of the matter and to see if the accusations made by the committee are supported by said facts.
Nicholas Wu tweeted that Thompson was dismissive of McCarthy’s demands, stating that “the horse has left the barn.”
Thompson told reporters he hadn’t seen the letter but said McCarthy had the opportunity to work with them or seat members. “the horse has left the barn, we will do our work. We will end on December 31.…” https://t.co/CkGbMUGnBw
— Nicholas Wu (@nicholaswu12) November 30, 2022
As part of the same letter, McCarthy also said the House would hold hearings on “why the Capitol complex was not secure” on J6. According to Politico, McCarthy vowed that all records would be reviewed “‘with an eye toward encouraged enforcement’ of a federal statute that makes it illegal to lie to the federal government.”