Biden DOJ Using $6M of Taxpayers' Money Create Database for Capitol Riot Prosecutions
Figure could soar to $25.9 million, according to the database listing
The Department of Justice is paying a multinational firm over $6 million to create a database to host data gathered by prosecutors in cases against those who are accused of being part of the U.S. Capitol riot on Jan. 6.
Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LLP was hired earlier this year to create the database.
Prosecutors said in a court filing this week that the government has now begun transferring a huge volume of materials, including tens of thousands of records from the Capitol Police.
Prosecutors wrote in the filing:
“Following the Capitol Breach, the United States recognized that due to the nature and volume of materials being collected, the government would require the use of an outside contractor who could provide litigation technology support services to include highly technical and specialized data and document processing and review capabilities."
The government said it would work with Deloitte to produce and review material related to the breach, including tools to redact certain personal information.
Prosecutors say the database to be available for use soon.
“Once it is, the government will begin systematically reviewing materials for potentially discoverable information, tagging when possible (e.g., video by a location or type of conduct, tips by a type of allegation), and redacting when necessary,” prosecutors wrote.
The Department of Justice awarded the firm $6.1 million for “automated litigation support services,” a database holding government contracts revealed.
But that figure could soar to $25.9 million, according to the database listing.
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-Colo.) said the development indicated that U.S. prosecutors are focused only on prosecuting breach-related cases.
“The DOJ is going to spend $6.1 million on a January 6 database. Where is the ANTIFA database? Where is the BLM database? It’s as if the DOJ has given up on all investigations other than January 6,” she wrote on Twitter.
Over 535 people have been charged to date for crimes related to the breach.
FBI agents are still attempting to identifying another 300 or so persons accused of participating in the tumult on Jan. 6.
The Federal Public Defender’s Office (FPD) is also deciding whether to put in place multiple databases to help with the defense of accused riot participants,
“Given the volume of information that may be discoverable, FPD is carefully examining options for accepting materials. We understand that FPD is considering contracting with a vendor to establish databases that can be used to receive and perform technical searches upon discoverable materials. The government’s discovery team is in the process of identifying the scope and size of materials that may be turned over to FPD with as much detail as possible so that FPD can obtain accurate quotes from potential database vendors,” they wrote in the new filing.
“It is hoped that this database will be used by FPD offices nationwide that are working on Capitol Breach cases and counsel that are appointed under the Criminal Justice Act."
"We believe that a database will be the most organized and economical way of ensuring that all counsel can obtain access to, and conduct meaningful searches upon, relevant voluminous materials, e.g., thousands of hours of body-worn camera and Capitol CCTV footage, and tens of thousands of documents, including the results of thousands of searches of Stored Communications Act accounts and devices,” they added.