The January 6th House Select Committee hearings have shaken up TrumpWorld something fierce. The witnesses–most of them Republicans from Donald Trump’s own former staff–have revealed bombshell facts during their testimonies and the world at large learned how Trump was the architect behind the plot to overturn the 2020 presidential election. But perhaps the most shocking moment from the first round of televised hearings was the announcement that members of Trump’s Secret Service detail deleted texts and emails from January 5th and 6th. The Secret Service has also come under fire amid accusations it purged nearly all texts between agents from the timeframe in question.
As the Committee takes the rest of July and the month of August to write their initial report, they’ll also be collecting new information and evidence from people who have come forward since the hearings began to offer what they knew about Trump’s plot. In fact, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), a member of the Committee, shared the news that Secret Service members are now being represented by counsel after receiving the panel’s subpoena for all electronic communications pertinent to January 6th. The Committee says the three members of the Secret Service had retained private attorneys even before the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) opened a criminal investigation into the agency’s deleted text messages.
The driver of Trump’s Presidential limo, whom Trump allegedly grabbed on January 6th after his speech when he was told he couldn’t go to the Capitol with the crowd, has lawyered up along with former Deputy White House Chief of Staff Tony Ornato and Trump’s former Secret Service lead agent Robert Engel. Ex-Trump aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified that Ornato told her Trump had lunged forward towards the driver of his motorcade during the heated moment.
I wonder if the 10 text deleters were those Secret Service agents most loyal to Trump and least likely to want to protect Pence (or, for that matter, Pelosi or Schumer) and thus were most likely to have texted things that were pro-insurrection and that they’d have wanted to hide. https://t.co/PMnjXCY94z
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) July 24, 2022
The Committee has not yet announced when their hearings will resume in September, but some political pundits are wondering if the Department of Justice will now move forward with charges against Trump or others involved in the plot before the panel reconvenes.