The U.S. Secret Service deleted text messages dated Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, 2021, shortly after an agency watchdog requested them, according to a letter from the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general.
The letter, first reported by The Interceptwas shared with the January 6 Committee and the Homeland Security Committees in both houses of Congress.
The intelligence agency told the IG bureau that the message treasure was deleted as part of a “device swap program,” the letter says, although that’s not the only irregularity.
According to the letter from DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari, the Department of Homeland Security told investigators it could not release records directly to IG’s office until they were reviewed by DHS attorneys, causing “weeks of delay” and “confusion.” whether all recordings have been produced.”
The Independent contacts the Secret Service for comment.
The highly trained corps of agents protecting the President took center stage during the Jan. 6 hearings.
Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House staffer, testified before Congress that a “furiousDonald Trump attempted to grab the wheel of the presidential limousine and angrily lunged at an agent when told not to make a last-minute visit to the Capitol as part of his pressure campaign against congressional tellers on Jan. 6 could .
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