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GOP Leader Says Jan 6 Tapes Are Missing

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Republican committee chairman Barry Loudermilk has stated that all deposition tapes from the January 6 Committee have disappeared, despite House rules requiring their preservation.

Loudermilk believes the tapes are important for understanding witness testimonies and has criticized the committee for not preserving them.

“All of the videotapes of all depositions are gone,” Rep. Barry Loudermilk said. (Trending: Olympic Gold Medalist Sentenced For Jan 6)

“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,” Loudermilk said.

“I wrote a letter to [Jan. 6 committee Chair] Bennie Thompson asking for them. And he confirmed that they did not preserve those [tapes]. He didn’t feel that they had to.”

“According to House rules, you have to preserve any data and information and documents that are used in an official proceeding, which they did.”

“[The House Democrats] actually aired portions of these tapes on their televised hearings, which means they had to keep those. Yet he chose not to.”

“When you got someone like Cassidy, who has significantly changed her testimony, I want to see what her body language is when she gave her original testimony. I want to see what her voice inflection is. Was she very confident in what she was saying at that time but then later decided to change it?”

“This is why it’s so important that we have those videotapes,” the congressman said, “and I believe that’s probably why we don’t have them … I believe they exist somewhere. We’ve just got to find where all these videos are.”

A lawsuit filed by a former attorney for January 6 witness Cassidy Hutchinson appears to undermine claims she made during her testimony before the committee, indicating reluctance to cooperate and a potential plan to independently leak information to the media.

The suit cites texts showing “that she initially did not want to comply with the January 6 committee’s investigation and appeared to prepare to leak information about the committee’s proceedings to the media independently of her lawyer.”

The messages were utilized as evidence against former prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, accusing him of having “publicly impugned [Passantino’s reputation], claiming that Mr. Passantino coached his client, Cassidy Hutchinson, to lie in congressional testimony.”

“This is an insidious lie,” the lawsuit states.

“Like how on earth are they doing this to you,” an unidentified individual questioned Hutchinson.

“I don’t know. But I don’t want to comply. Stefan wants me to comply,” Hutchinson answered.

“So I want to. Stefan wants to wait till after my depo. I have to go in person next Tuesday. He doesn’t think the committee will leak it (“they promised they won’t”) but I don’t trust them,” Hutchinson said. “And I want it to be my/our narrative that’s out there first,” she added.

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