Firebrand politico Representative Matt Gaetz (R-FL) is reported to be put forward a resolution to hold Representative Bennie Thompson (D-GA) on Wednesday to censure the former chairman of the January 6th Select Committee for violation of House rules and for failure to properly turn over all committee documents to the Clerk of the House, according to The Post Millennial. Mr. Thompson's failure to abide by these rules puts the historical congressional record at risk Mr. Gaetz explains.
The text of the resolution revealed that "on December 30, 2022, Representative Bennie Thompson, then Chair of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol (‘‘January 6th Committee’’), sent a letter to the Biden White House, along with property of the House of Representatives, in violation of longstanding Rules of the House of Representatives" and that a similar violation, noted the resolution, took place on the same day by Representative Thompson went he "sent a similar letter and records to the Department of Homeland Security."
What Chairman Thompson was required under the rules of the House to do was, according to the text, "to turn over all committee records to the Clerk of the House at the close of Congress, in order to further transparency and to preserve the historical record of Congress." Gaetz's resolution also accused Thompson of willful violation due to "his letters to the executive branch, which expressly detail his ‘‘expectation’’ that the House property improperly turned over to the executive branch would eventually be turned over to the National Archives, an expectation that could only have salience if the mate-rials turned over were, in fact, congressional records."
The resolution also noted that "Congress still is unsure of the scope of the records kept or improperly destroyed by the January 6th Committee, as evidenced by the May 18, 2023 letter from Representative Barry Loudermilk [R-GA], chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight of the Committee on House Administration, to the National Archives requesting a catalogue of records produced by the January 6th Committee."
The aforementioned letter from Representative Loudermilk expressed concern that Congress is not in full possession of "all documents and records related to January 6" from the January 6th Committee.
Representative Gaetz has also introduced a resolution to hold former Manhattan Trump probe prosecutor Mark Pomerantz in contempt of Congress due to his refusal to answer questions from Congress about his time as a prosecutor in that case despite writing a book on the subject.
Gaetz remarked that "However, during his appearance, he failed to comply with the subpoena by incorrectly asserting his Fifth Amendment right when asked questions about information he referenced in his book...I believe Mr. Pomerantz engaged in misconduct in his targeting of President Trump, and his refusal to answer simple questions should not go unpunished."