Jan. 6 committee member lashes out at Secret Service over “very conflicting” testimonies about deleted texts
A member of the House special committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on Congress says so intelligence has stated publicly and to his colleagues whether text messages from the day of the attack can still be accessed.
The controversy arose in recent days after the Department of Homeland Security (OIG) inspector general wrote to the panel, stating that not only was the agency instigating delays in handing over Jan. 6-related materials, but also appeared to be sending some relevant text messages deleted after being informed of the need to turn them over to the office of the OIG.
Mr. Kinzinger said in an interview with CBS on Sunday Face the nation that in one case the agency had stated that it had lost all or some of the texts requested by lawmakers in the panel, while in another it stated that it had turned over all “relevant” messages to the OIG.
It is not yet clear how many messages have been handed over to the OIG. The select committee has set a deadline of Tuesday for its subpoena of text messages and other Secret Service phone records.
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