The Secret Service is now under the microscope after being accused of deleting text messages from January 5-6, 2021 that could be evidence in the investigation of the Capitol insurrection and the attempt to overturn the 2020 Election.
A probe by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General found that the Secret Service deleted text messages from those two days that could shine even more light on Trump and the GOP’s scheme to overthrow democracy, which included a threat to former Vice President Mike Pence’s life because he refused to reject the legitimate electoral vote count that put President Joe Biden in the White House.
As you may recall, Pence himself appeared not to trust Secret Service agents as the insurrection unfolded and he had to evacuate the Capitol. Trump himself reportedly tried to force his way to the Capitol to lead the insurrection despite agents refusing to take him there. In the end, Trump ended up back at the White House, where he waited and watched with glee for hours until it became clear his plot had failed.
The Secret Service claims that the messages were not deleted, but were merely cleared from their phones due to a device reset program. In response, the January 6th Committee sent the Secret Service a subpoena challenging the agency to prove if they are telling the truth or not.
“The Select Committee has been informed that the USSS erased text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021 as part of a ‘device-replacement program,’” Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) wrote in the letter. “In a statement issued July 14, 2022, the USSS stated that it ‘began to reset its mobile phones to factory settings as part of a pre-planned, three-month system migration. In that process, data resident on some phones was lost.’ However, according to that USSS statement, ‘none of the texts it [DHS Office of Inspector General] was seeking had been lost in the migration.’”
“Accordingly, the Select Committee seeks the relevant text messages, as well as any after-action reports that have been issued in any and all divisions of the USSS pertaining or relating in any way to the events of January 6, 2021,” the letter concluded.
Does the Secret Service have something to hide? Were they part of the plot to overthrow democracy? Did Trump corrupt the Secret Service? Are elements of the Secret Service a threat to President Joe Biden? The agency must answer these questions and turn over the text messages and any other evidence pertinent to the investigation.
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