“I think there is a very fair question here whether moderators of The Donald destroyed evidence that would aid law enforcement investigation." https://t.co/bLXNZ8fXvt
— Mother Jones (@MotherJones) January 29, 2021
In the days ahead of the January 6 Capitol riot, there were warnings, but no guarantee that the day would turn violent. But users of TheDonald.win, a major online pro-Trump forum, were preparing for a fight, posting maps of the Capitol and swapping messages about being ready to die.
In the wake of the carnage, law enforcement identified TheDonald.win as a key planning platform for the insurrectionists. And on Inauguration Day, the forum established a new domain, rebranding as Patriots.win. Alongside that transition, thousands of posts from lead up to the riot have disappeared from the site as though they were never there.
Mother Jones‘s analysis of the site’s existing archives, conducted by cross-referencing what remains with other records, suggests the forum’s administrators removed all posts made between December 19 and January 6. Posts from before and after remain accessible. While the site has not publicly explained the gap, Holt thinks they may have been attempting to protect themselves or their users from legal repercussions. “I think there is a very fair question here whether moderators of The Donald destroyed evidence that would aid law enforcement investigation,” Holt says.
Bennett Gershman, a criminal and constitutional law professor at the Pace University School of Law says the removals could bring additional legal troubles. “Destroying evidence after you’ve committed a crime might itself be a crime. We’re talking about potentially tampering with evidence,” he says. “By removing these communications you’re evidencing a consciousness of guilt. Removing evidence that would incriminate you could be inferred that you engaged in criminal activity.”
Text Messages Show Top Trump Campaign Fundraiser’s Key Role Planning the Rally That Preceded the Siege
“Caroline Wren, who served as a deputy to Kimberly Guilfoyle at Trump Victory, a joint presidential fundraising committee during the 2020 campaign, oversaw logistics, budgeting, funding and messaging for the Jan. 6 rally that featured President Trump.”
We got texts between the organizers of the Jan. 6, which the Trump campaign says they definitely, absolutely didn’t organize.
“Get the budget and vendors breakdown to me,” wrote a long-time Trump fundraising officialhttps://t.co/ScyGTGz8Mp
— Eric Umansky (@ericuman) January 30, 2021
As supporters of President Donald Trump took part in a violent riot at the Capitol, users of the social media service Parler posted videos of themselves and others joining the fray. ProPublica reviewed thousands of videos uploaded publicly to the service that were archived by a programmer before Parler was taken offline by its web host. Below is a collection of more than 500 videos that ProPublica determined were taken during the events of Jan. 6 and were relevant and newsworthy. Taken together, they provide one of the most comprehensive records of a dark event in American history through the eyes of those who took part. Read more: Why We Published Hundreds of Videos Taken by Parler Users of the Capitol Riots | Inside the Capitol Riot: What the Parler Videos Reveal
— crash override (@donk_enby) January 30, 2021
You mean this one? https://t.co/5pa5cSNpBH
— Geebas (@A_Osborne) January 30, 2021
— crash override (@donk_enby) January 28, 2021
— crash override (@donk_enby) January 28, 2021
2. @Publix is one of a handful of companies that has said ABSOLUTELY NOTHING about whether their intend to keep donating to the 147 members of Congress who voted to overturn the presidential election.
They've ignored our inquiries for WEEKS.https://t.co/r4Z4TjJUCe
— Judd Legum (@JuddLegum) January 30, 2021
“The scope and scale of this investigation in these cases are really unprecedented, not only in FBI history but probably DOJ history." https://t.co/WYlHUluyIg
— Vogue Magazine (@voguemagazine) January 30, 2021
Fascinating to watch all these Fox News hosts openly equate their own viewers with white supremacists and domestic terrorists.
— The Tennessee Holler (@TheTNHoller) January 30, 2021
When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.
– Maya Angelou https://t.co/uZH03HrOq2
— Brian J. Karem (@BrianKarem) January 30, 2021
“And, by the way, Democrats are attempting to convict a former president on a bogus incitement charge that they themselves — if they ever, well, examine their own words — are guilty of.”https://t.co/mE2mmhwYI4
— The Intellectualist (@highbrow_nobrow) January 30, 2021
— MeidasTouch.com (@MeidasTouch) January 30, 2021