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New Evidence Regarding Missing Secret Service Texts Prompt Demands For Testimony, Independent Investigation

New Evidence Regarding Missing Secret Service Texts Prompt Demands For Testimony, Independent Investigation

After multiple requests for text messages and other communications between Secret Service members on the day of Donald Trump’s ‘Stop The Steal’ rally and the subsequent mob attack on Congress, the January 6th Committee was informed that the messages seemed to have been lost in a phone reset. Now, two different House committees are demanding more information.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 06: (Former) President Donald Trump speaks at the “Stop The Steal” Rally on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation’s capital to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

The House Oversight Committee and the Committee on Homeland Security issued a statement on Monday addressing the missing text messages. They’re calling for Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Inspector General Joseph V. Cuffari to recuse himself from the investigation into the missing text messages, and suggest his office may have been involved in a cover-up.

“According to recent reports, your office learned that the Secret Service was missing critical text messages as part of your investigation of the January 6 attack against the U.S. Capitol in May 2021—seven months earlier than previously revealed. The Committees have obtained new evidence that your office may have secretly abandoned efforts to collect text messages from the Secret Service more than a year ago. These documents also indicate that your office may have taken steps to cover up the extent of missing records, raising further concerns about your ability to independently and effectively perform your duties as Inspector General (IG).”

The statement goes on to list some of the information the Committees have obtained, including Ken Cuccinelli’s use of a personal phone and the failure to save information from that device, and a message from Deputy Inspector General Thomas Kait suggesting that the missing messages would not be pursued.

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The Committees are asking Kait and Deputy Inspector General and Chief of Staff Kristen Fredricks to be deposed in transcribed interviews by August 15th.

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