Reports have been circulating claiming that the Secret Service has deleted text messages dating back to the time of the protest at the Capitol Building. Officials confirmed on Tuesday that there are no additional texts relevant to its “investigation” to provide. Any others of concern were purged as a result, according to the agency, with no deliberate malicious purpose behind it.
The Washington Post has sounded the alarm over possible Secret Service illegality.
According to a senior official briefed on the matter, the US Secret Service has determined it does not have any additional texts relevant to its Jan. 6 investigation, and that any other text messages exchanged by its agents around the time of the 2021 attack on the Capitol were deleted.
“Also, the National Archives on Tuesday requested more information about “the possible unauthorized deletion” of text messages from federal agencies. The secretary of the U.S. Department of State wrote to the Secret Service, asking it to report back to the National Archives within 30 days regarding any records that had been destroyed, including how it was done and why it happened.”
“The agency, which compiled this conclusion by examining its communication databases for the previous four days, will provide thousands of documents, but the majority of them have already been given to an outside agency watchdog and congressional committees. There is no expectation that any will shed fresh light on key issues being investigated by the committee, such as whether Trump assaulted a Secret Service agent, an account a top White House aide informed the Jan. 6 meeting.”
It’s all a joke. What do you think the committee believes the Secret Service was doing on January 6th? Do people really believe that the leadership and agents of the organization were involved in a coup attempt? Furthermore, Joe Biden’s own pick is defending the deletion of text messages. Is it now being claimed that Biden officials are supporters of January 6th?
Whether any laws were violated in this situation is debatable. It appears that the Secret Service has records to show that the phone problems dated back months and weren’t caused by anything occurring after January 6th. So, while the press worries and the committee vents, little is likely to happen from it. They’ll just have to seek somewhere else for their “proof” of a non-existent coup plot.