On Wednesday, U.S. Congressman Matt Gaetz (FL-01) introduced a resolution to censure Rep. Bennie Thompson (MS-02), former Chairman of the January 6th Select Committee, for violating longstanding rules of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Investigations by the House Judiciary Committee have confirmed Rep. Thompson knowingly violated longstanding House rules by not turning over all the January 6th Select Committee’s records to the Clerk of the House at the end of the 117th Congress in December 2022. Rep. Thompson sent a letter to the Biden White House and the Department of Homeland Security in which he implied critical congressional records related to the work of the January 6th Committee would be improperly stored at the White House. It remains unclear which records were kept or destroyed by the committee.
“Lawmakers investigating the weaponization of the federal government are unable to determine which records of the January 6th Select Committee were kept or destroyed before Republicans took control of the House.
Former Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson, in a flagrant violation of House rules, improperly sent the records to the Biden White House and outside the rightful possession of Congress.
At a minimum, Rep. Thompson should be censured by the House for this violation and removed the Committee on Homeland Security,” Congressman Gaetz said.