After recent news broke that Secret Service members had deleted communications from January 5th, there have been calls for an investigation into the matter. Now, the January 6th Committee has called on the agency to respond, turning over text messages that are still extant, and evidence of the purported loss of others.
Earlier this week the news dropped that Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Joseph Cuffari had sent a letter to the January 6th Committee, detailing the purported loss off certain text messages. Cuffari indicated that the U.S. Secret Service was claiming a number of communications were lost in the process of resetting devices but noted that this deletion had occurred after the Office of the Inspector General had requested the records.
Now the January 6th Committee has moved from a simple request to a formal subpoena for documents.
The Select Committee has issued a subpoena for records from the United States Secret Service.
In a letter to Secret Service Director James Murray, Chair @BennieGThompson sought information about Secret Service text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021 that were reportedly erased.
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) July 16, 2022
The House Select Committee notes that they have already requested the documents three separate times, and that they’ve previously been told that none of the requested records were lost.
In a letter to USSS Director James Murray, Committee Chair Bennie Thompson requested not only the relevant text messages, but documents relevant to the ‘lost’ communications:
Accordingly, the Select Committee seeks the relevant text messages, as well as any after action reports that have been issued in any and all divisions of the USSS pertaining or relating in any way to the events of January 6, 2021.
The full letter can be read here.
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