January 6 Committee, DOJ Requests Secret Service Phone Data, John Eastman
The January 6 Committee subpoena the Secret Service on Friday, looking for records of the “erased” text messages that were exchanged the day before and the day of the attack on the Capitol.
The subpoena followed disturbing reports on Friday that the agency had erased texts from January 5 and 6. The Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general told the committee that the posts were removed due to a “device replacement program.” New York Times reported. The Secret Service maintained that the texts were not “mischievouslydeleted, explaining that some phone data was ‘lost’ as a by-product of a “system migrationwhich occurred in January 2021.
The committee asked the agency to produce the files before July 19.
“The select committee is seeking relevant text messages, as well as all after-action reports that have been released in all USSS divisions regarding or in any way related to the events of January 6, 2021,” the president said. . Bennie Thompson written in a letter to Secret Service Director James Murray.
“The committee is absolutely committed to getting to the bottom of this and finding all the missing text,” the rep said. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) said. “They are missing, but in the age of high technology, we must not give up.”
The Secret Service issued a statement on Saturday that said the committee “has enjoyed our full and unwavering cooperation” since the start of its work and “that does not change”, according to the agency’s spokesman. Antoine Guglielmi. He added, “We plan to continue this cooperation by promptly responding to the Committee’s subpoena.”