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Jan 6 Committee Subpoenas Secret Service After Reported Erased Messages

The U.S. Secret Service agent in charge of the incident is expected to testify on Capitol Hill next week on why more than 1,000 text messages from the day of the uprising were deleted.

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Following reports that the Secret Service had deleted texts dating back to January 5 and 6, 2021, the House Select Committee looking into the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol insurrection issued a subpoena to the agency on Friday.

insurrection on January 6, Chairman Benny Thompson (D-Miss.) stated in a press release that his committee is looking for all relevant text messages and all “after action” Secret Service reports.

Director James Murray of the Secret Service was informed of the subpoena by Thompson via letter.

DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari informed the House and Senate Homeland Security committees in a letter released on Thursday that texts from January 5 and 6, 2021 were erased as part of a “device replacement program.”

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According to Cuffari, “after OIG requested records of electronic communications from the USSS in our evaluation of events at the Capitol on January 6,” the USSS “erased” the text messages.

DHS claimed in a letter to Cuffari that the Office of Inspector General could not provide records directly to him until they were reviewed by lawyers, according to his letter.

After the deletion of the texts was revealed, a Secret Service spokesman said in a statement that the messages related to the investigation into the events of January 6 had not been reset.

This was in response to the “insinuation that the Secret Service maliciously deleted text messages following a request,” which he said the agency had been cooperating with.

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In response to The Hill’s request for comment on the subpoena, the Secret Service did not immediately respond.

Since Cassidy Hutchinson, a former aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, testified recently, the Secret Service has received national attention.

When the Secret Service informed Trump he couldn’t go to the Capitol, Hutchinson said she heard him try to lunge for an agent and grab the steering wheel of the presidential vehicle.

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