As previously reported, the Secret Service was accused of ‘deleting’ text messages from January 5 and January 6 by the agency’s watchdog.
The Secret Service told the January 6 Committee that it has no new text messages related to the Capitol protest after it turned over documents and data.
Democrat Rep. Stephanie Murphy told MSNBC that the Committee didn’t receive the data it wanted.
It’s never enough.
The Secret Service said the agency will conduct a forensic investigation to search for the data.
“We are conducting forensic examinations on cell phones and while it’s unlikely that the data could be recovered, we are using every investigative resource to meet the committees request,” the spokesperson said.
ABC News reported:
The Secret Service notified the House Jan. 6 committee that it had found no new text messages related to the Capitol riot — the same day the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) sent a letter requesting the agency investigate the deletion of some its records from Jan. 6, 2021, which drew the scrutiny of an internal watchdog.
The Secret Service’s plans were confirmed to ABC News by a source familiar with the matter; they were first reported by The Washington Post.
“We received a letter today that did provide us with a lot of documents and some data. However, we did not receive the additional text messages that we were looking for,” Rep. Stephanie Murphy, a member of the committee, said on MSNBC later Tuesday.
“They’re going to continue to see if there are other ways in which they can secure the required and subpoenaed text messages that we have asked for,” Murphy, D-Fla., said.
The watchdog claims the Secret Service deleted the text messages after an oversight panel probing the agency’s response to January 6 requested the electronic communications.
The Secret Service denied the accusations and said all of the requested text messages had been saved.
“The insinuation that the Secret Service maliciously deleted text messages following a request is false,” Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said.
They will never let it go.
The National Archives is also harassing the Secret Service.
NEW: National Archives instructs US Secret Service to investigate “unauthorized deletion” of Secret Service text messages from Jan 2021 pic.twitter.com/uLE95vEHip
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