Lawmakers subpoena Secret Service for January 6 texts — Analysis
Democrats who agitated at the Capitol riot demanded pertinent messages from the federal law enforcement agency
After a watchdog from the government suggested that the Secret Service may have maliciously deleted text messages, the Congressional panel has ordered the Secret Service to provide information on the incident.
Rep. Bennie (Dem. Mississippi) wrote to James Murray, Secret Service director, Friday to say that the House committee had requested the policing agency to produce text messages sent between January 5th and 6th. The deadline for providing the documents was set at July 19, according to Congress.
In a letter addressed to James Murray (Secret Service Director), the Select Committee issued a subpoena seeking records from United States Secret Service. @BennieGThompsonInformation was sought about Secret Service messages that had been deleted between January 5th and 6th, 2021.
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) July 16, 2022
While the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) inspector general previously suggested the Secret Service had erased those messages – and that it did so only after it was explicitly asked to hand them over – the service later said some texts were deleted as part of a pre-planned “system migration,”It also includes an additional “none of the texts [the inspector general] was seeking had been lost in the migration.”
However, it remains to be clarified why these messages are not being turned over. The Secret Service has claimed that they do have them.
Neben den Texten, is the House panel also subpoenaing relevant “after action reports that have been issued in any and all divisions”Service.
Anthony Guglielmi, a Secret Service spokesperson, stated that messages had not been deleted in comments to Thursday’s Washington Post. “maliciously”Instead of refusing to comply with an inspector general demand, say the agency has been “fully cooperating”Begin the investigation “in every respect.”
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