In response to American Oversight’s litigation, the Defense Department and the Army have confirmed in court filings that the phones of certain former senior Trump administration officials had been wiped — and that any text messages from Jan. 6, 2021, were not preserved.
In a cover letter accompanying the release of 65 pages of records, which were released in response to American Oversight’s lawsuit and other requests, the agency said it is withholding more than 1,000 pages of records for reasons related to ongoing law enforcement investigations.
Records obtained by American Oversight show state officials fielding complaints from right-wing activists, as well as emails illustrating the confusion brought by the Gov. Youngkin’s ill-defined executive order.
From the Pentagon’s deleted Jan. 6 text messages to new information about top Trump officials’ efforts to overturn the election, this week underscored the importance of following the digital paper trail.
DeSantis’ office met multiple times with a right-wing group whose co-founder promoted an Islamophobic conspiracy theory about an election worker, according to documents obtained by American Oversight and reported on by CNN.