House panel subpoenas Secret Service records in January 6 inquest – Greeley Tribune

By Erik Wasson and John Harney

WASHINGTON — The House committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol has subpoenaed Secret Service records after being told by a government inspector general that the agency was not cooperating with the investigation.

Bennie Thompson, the committee chair, said in a statement Friday night that the subpoena was issued after the panel heard that Secret Service text messages dated Jan. 6, 2021, when the attack occurred, and the day before had been deleted.

The Secret Service will cooperate “by responding quickly to the committee’s subpoena,” agency spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement Saturday.

The agency said some data was lost because it began factory resetting its cellphones in January 2021 — the month before the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general asked for texts from agents of the United States as part of that office’s investigation into the attack on the Capitol secret service asked.

Guglielmi said the intelligence agency has cooperated fully with the panel since its inception in March 2021, including with testimonies from special agents and “790,000 unhandled emails, radio transmissions, operational and planning records.”

In the statement, and in a separate letter to Secret Service Director James Murray, Thompson wrote that the committee was told data on some phones had been lost due to an agency’s “device replacement program.” However, he added that “according to the USSS statement, ‘none of the texts es [DHS Office of Inspector General] was looking for was lost in the migration.’”

“Accordingly,” Thompson said, “the Select Committee is seeking the relevant text messages and any post-action reports issued by all departments of the USES that relate to or are in any way connected with the events of January 6.” 2021.”

Earlier Friday, the panel met with officials from the Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, who said the Secret Service was not cooperating.

Inspector General Joseph Farica said in a letter to the committee on Wednesday that texts by Secret Service agents dated Jan. 5 and 6, 2021, were reported lost during an equipment exchange after his office asked about them.

The release of Cuffari’s letter to the committee drew an angry response from the Secret Service.

“The allegation that the secret service maliciously deleted text messages upon request is wrong,” the agency said on Thursday.

The inspector general’s office did not respond to a request for comment Friday.

Some of the most compelling testimony from the panel’s televised Jan. 6 hearings concerned then-President Donald Trump’s actions after he spoke at a rally near the White House on Jan. 6, 2021. A former aide, Cassidy Hutchinson, said she was told Trump was wanted to join the mob that marched on the Capitol, but was blocked by his security detail

The lyrics could provide insight into that episode, as well as security concerns surrounding then-Vice President Mike Pence, who had gone to the Capitol to preside over the Electoral College’s certification of Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.

Panel members said there was a chance some of the texts could still be recovered.

“There have been conflicting statements as to whether they are gone or not,” said panel member Jamie Rankin, a Maryland Democrat. “I’m not an expert on the technical side, but there are people who have said that even deleted texts can be recovered in some way. So it depends on the technology, when it happened, and so on.”

Thompson confirmed the committee would hold a prime-time hearing at 8 p.m. Thursday, the second in a series of televised hearings held this month and last.


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