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Loudermilk seeks Jan. 6 records from police and National Archives as part of GOP-led investigation


Rep. Barry Loudermilk, R-Ga., has requested documents from the Metropolitan Police Department and the National Archives related to the Jan. 6 riot, according to copies of letters he sent to the two agencies last week.

In letters to MPD leader Robert J. Contee III and U.S. archivist Colleen Shogan, first reported by Politico, Loudermilk asked for documents on the attack on the Capitol and the former House committee under Democratic control who investigated the riot before it disbanded in January.

In a May 16 letter to Contee, Loudermilk, who oversees the House Administration Committee’s oversight subgroup, requested a list identifying all officers serving on Jan. 6, 2021, along with after-action reports and after incident of the attack.

The demands, Loudermilk said, are part of the GOP-led subcommittee’s efforts to assess and prevent future security lapses and fit into a review of how the former House Jan. 6 committee has conducted its investigation.

He is also looking for a series of video and audio recordings, including radio communications recordings, MPD electronic surveillance unit video recordings, body camera footage of officers who were at the Ellipse or stationed on or near Capitol Grounds on January 6.

The Metropolitan Police, which was asked to produce the records by May 30, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

In a separate May 18 letter to Shogan, who heads the National Archives, Loudermilk requested an inventory of materials the agency had acquired that had been produced by the former House panel on January 6 or provided to the panel by the White House, Homeland Department. Security, and others.

“I am concerned that we do not have all of the documents and records related to January 6 that could assist us in our surveillance efforts,” Loudermilk wrote, asking that the documents be turned over by May 31.

The National Archives and a spokesperson for Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., who led the former House Jan. 6 committee, did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

Many Republicans criticized the findings of the former House Jan. 6 committee, which also released surveillance footage showing Loudermilk touring the Capitol on Jan. 5.

Loudermilk strenuously denied that the group he led was monitoring the compound before the riot.

In March, he said in a scathing statement that he had concluded that the work of the former committee “is not credible, and they owe an apology to every individual whose reputation they have attempted to smear.”

Joanna Swanson

Joanna Swanson is Europe correspondent at the Thomson Reuters Foundation based in Brussels covering politics, culture, business, climate change, society, economies and inclusive tech. With specific focus in breaking news, she has covered some of the world's most significant stories.