August 14, 2022

Jan. 6 Committee subpoenas Secret Service for destroyed texts: NPR

Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., speaks as the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol on Tuesday.

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Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., speaks as the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol holds a hearing at the Capitol on Tuesday.

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There was the Secret Service Solicitor In an investigation into the January 6, 2021 US Capitol riots, A move that a former federal prosecutor calls aggressive and significant.

The House Select Committee, which is leading the investigation, is reportedly asking the federal agency to replace Deleted text messages Days surrounding the attack and related action reports. The Secret Service has until Tuesday to release the agents’ phone records, which some believe could shed light on President Donald Trump’s actions during the riots.

The Secret Service recently drew attention after former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified before the panel on January 6. According to Hutchinson, Trump was A heated exchange with his Secret Service detail after demanding to be transported to the Capitol on the day of the Rebellion.

Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesman for the Secret Service, told NPR that his agency plans to respond “quickly” to the group’s subpoena, though it’s unclear what records will be retrieved.

The Secret Service insists the January 6 investigation has received its “full and unwavering cooperation.”

The destroyed phone data was brought to light earlier this week by Homeland Security Department Inspector General Joseph Gaffari, who oversees the Secret Service. In A Letter to CongressCuffari accused the Secret Service of destroying relevant text messages after his office requested such records, and generally confusing and delaying his office’s investigation.

Kuglielmi has He repeatedly refused The agency has “maliciously” deleted the text messages and has denied that his agency was uncooperative.

“The January 6 selection committee has had our full and unwavering cooperation since its launch in March 2021, and that will not change,” Guglielmi said in a statement to NPR.

According to Guglielmi, some of the department’s phone data was lost due to a “pre-planned, three-month system migration” that required agents to reset their mobile phones. In early 2021.

He said the Secret Service was able to turn over the phone records of 20 agents, including former Uniformed Services chief Tom Sullivan, who received a text message from the president of the U.S. Capitol, although some text messages were lost during the congressional investigation. Jan. 6, 2021 Police are requesting emergency assistance.

Guglielmi added that over the past 18 months, the Secret Service has obtained hours of formal testimony from special agents. Over 790,000 Unredacted emails, radio transmissions, and operational and planning records.

What happens if the Secret Service doesn’t comply?

If the Secret Service is unable to replace the deleted messages, the next key question is whether it was done intentionally, says former federal prosecutor Ankush Kartori.

“There’s a big factual difference between inadvertent communication and a deliberate attempt to eliminate this communication,” Cartori told NPR. “What you really want to know is what are the Secret Service’s record-keeping rules, regulations and protocols, did someone violate them and, in the worst case scenario, did someone deliberately try to destroy these communications.”

To get to the bottom of what happened, he said, Congress could open an investigation into the Secret Service’s records-keeping system or call members of the Secret Service to testify.

Karthori said it was too early to tell but the January 6 committee hearing was about an executive branch agency.

“It’s not unusual for Congress to get information from the executive branch, including subpoenas, but this one is different because it’s more public, more assertive, more aggressive, and it suggests concern among some members of the Secret Service’s board. Their responses have not been transparent,” he said.

Next Jan., with particular focus on Trump’s failure to act to stop the rebellion A 6-committee hearing is scheduled for Thursday at 8 p.m.