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The committee issued a subpoena to the Secret Service on January 6

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol used a subpoena to request records from the U.S. Secret Service

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This is the first time that a congressional committee has issued a subpoena to an executive branch agency in the wake of its investigation into the Capitol attack on Jan. 6, when it requested records from the Secret Service regarding deleted text messages.

The US Secret Service’s Chief of Communications, Anthony Guglielmi, issued a statement on Saturday in response to a subpoena issued by a federal grand jury.

There will be no change to our full and unwavering support for the Jan. 6th Select Committee, which was established back in March of 2021. It has taken us 18 months to give over 790,000 emails, radio transmissions, operational and planning records and dozens of hours of formal testimony from special agents. According to the statement, “we intend to continue this cooperation by responding quickly to the Committee’s subpoena.

He requested information on Friday about Secret Service text messages that were supposedly erased between January 5 and 6, 2021, and reiterated three previous requests from congressional committees.

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As part of a ‘device-replacement program,’ the USSS erased text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021,” Chairman Thompson wrote in a statement. As part of a three-month system migration, the USSS began resetting its mobile phones to factory settings on July 14, 2022, according to a statement. In this process, some phones’ data was lost.’ According to the USSS statement, “none of the texts it [DHS Office of Inspector General] was seeking had been lost in the migration.” This is why we’ve asked the USSS to provide us with all relevant text messages and after-action reports from any and all divisions related to the events of January 6, 2021.”

Inspector General Joseph V. Cuffari gave a briefing this week to the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees about “ongoing access issues” with the Department of Homeland Security, including that “many U.S. Secret Service (USSS) text messages, from January 5 and 6, 2021” were erased as part of a device-replacement program.

Select Committee members were briefed by Inspector General Cuffari on this and other issues on Friday.

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