Hopes by the Jan. 6 committee that the Secret Service would turn over text messages the agency deleted from Jan. 5 and Jan. 6 were dashed on Tuesday.
The Washington Post was first to report that a senior official familiar with the matter said the Secret Service has “no new texts to provide” related to the Jan. 6 probe and that any other messages shared between its agents during the same period were also “purged.”
The National Archives confirmed to Daily Kos that it sent a letter to Damian Kokinda, the records officer for the Department of Homeland Security, ordering the Secret Service to look into the matter and determine if the messages were improperly deleted. The Secret Service must file a report within 30 days that itemizes what led up to the deletion, notates precisely what records were affected, and offers a plan for how the agency intends to “safeguard” its data in the future.
Jan. 6 investigators and Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Zoe Lofgren said this past weekend they expected to receive the recovered texts by Tuesday. Lofgren and Kinzinger did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
According to the source who was interviewed by the Post:
“The agency, which made this determination after reviewing its communication databases over the past four days, will provide thousands of records, but nearly all of them have been shared previously with an agency watchdog and congressional committees, the senior official said. None is expected to shed new light on the key matters the committee is probing, including whether Trump attacked a Secret Service agent, an account a senior White House aide described to the Jan. 6 committee.
The committee issued a subpoena for the messages last week after Department of Homeland Security i”Inspector General Joseph Cuffari informed them the records were missing. They were deleted as part of an agency-wide overhaul of staff phones that were being migrated to new devices.
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