The secret services submitted only one text to the January 6 committee: a member

  • The Jan. 6 panel received a text message from the Secret Service in response to a subpoena, Rep. Zoe Lofgren said.
  • The agency would not be able to recover a slew of deleted text messages sent by agents on January 6, 2021.
  • The Secret Service said they were conducting a forensic search, but the records are unlikely to be recoverable.

The Secret Service submitted just one text message to the House committee on Jan. 6 in response to a subpoena requiring them to provide communications from the day and before the Capitol riot, a member said. of the panel.

The committee subpoenaed the agency’s text messages and other information after being told by a government watchdog last week that a treasure trove of Secret Service texts had been erased.

Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said the agency was still attempting a forensic search for the records, but indicated they were unlikely to be recoverable, The New York Times reported. The Washington Post reported Tuesday that the agency is ready to say it has nothing new to offer the committee.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a Democratic member of the panel, told MSNBC on Tuesday that the committee had only received “a text message” from the Secret Service, which she had yet to see.

“In their letter, they gave no indication that they had secured the phones in question and performed any forensic work with them. That’s something we want to know,” Lofgren said.

“Obviously it doesn’t look good…Coincidences can happen, but we really need to get to the bottom of it and get a lot more information than we currently have.”

Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told Insider that questions about the text messages should be directed to the Jan. 6 committee because they involve “material responding to a congressional subpoena.”

Investigators have been searching agency communications to learn more about the activities of former President Donald Trump, whom it is the Secret Service’s job to protect, on the day of the riot.

The agency found itself in hot water after apparently failing to preserve records from that era, as it is required to do as an executive agency.

The Secret Service said the texts were deleted as part of a planned agency-wide phone reset and device replacement in mid-January 2021, which came 11 days after the Congress asked them for the first time to keep their communications, reported The Guardian.

The Guardian reported, citing unnamed sources, that officers were asked to back up their data to an internal drive two days before the reset, although the instruction appears to have been ignored.

Representative Stephanie Murphy, another Democratic member of the panel, told MSNBC on Tuesday that the agency submitted a trove of new documents but did not include the text messages the panel was looking for.

“Their process, as explained to us, was simply to leave it up to the agents to determine whether or not there was anything on their phones worth saving and needed to save them in the federal records,” she said. “As a result, today they received no text messages from their agents when they made this transition which was flagged for preservation.”

The Secret Service has always denied deleting the texts with malicious intent.

Agency spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told The Hill on Monday that no “hidden messages” were being concealed, as the Secret Service does not usually communicate by text message for security reasons.

“There’s no reason for us to say the text messages were lost. I mean, how do you know these people texted? They were told to download their official records, and they did. done. So that’s part of what we’re going to share with the committee, all the data we have. People are saying that text messages have been lost. How do you know that text messages have been sent?'” he said.

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