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Secret Service Promises to Provide Panel ‘Relevant’ January 6 Text, Says Rep. Joe Lofgren

The Secret Service has informed the committee on January 6 that it will change texts “relevant” during last year’s rebellion after the agency reported wholesale deletions of communications, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) said on Sunday.

The Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security told a January 6 panel last week that the office was informed by the Secret Service that electronic communications between agents from January 5-6 were erased “as part of a device-replacement program”. went.

The texts were removed when the Inspector General ordered that they be saved for an investigation into the rebellion, according to the watchdog office, which the Secret Service denied, saying that the program changes were well before officials requested the texts. kind of going on.

The January 6 panel issued a subpoena for the texts on Friday.

“You can imagine how shocked we were to receive letters from the Inspector General saying that he was trying to get this information and, in fact, they were fired after they asked,” Lofgren said. Told host Martha Raditz on ABC. “This week.”

“And then a statement was made by a spokesman for the department” [Secret Service] Saying it wasn’t true, it wasn’t fair, and in fact, they had relevant texts—so we said, ‘Well, if you have them, we need them.'”

“We hope to get them by this Tuesday,” said Lofgren, who wasn’t particularly optimistic about it. “Then we’ll see.”

While Lofgren noted that the Secret Service said the “relevant” texts would be changed, he told Raditz: “We need all the texts from January 5 and 6.

Lofgren said she was “shocked to hear” from the inspector general that the Secret Service “didn’t back up their data before resetting their iPhones. That’s crazy. I don’t know why that would happen. But we need to get the full picture.” need to obtain this information.”

It is unclear how the Secret Service will recover the deleted texts or if any of the deleted texts will be among the “relevant” communications provided to the Jan. 6 panel. The agency said last week that none of the deleted messages were “relevant” to the investigation.

The next hearing by the panel will take place on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. It will focus on the actions of Donald Trump on January 6, 2021, in which he took no action for 187 minutes to suppress the violence that erupted at the Capitol.

When asked about Trump’s investigation into reports of potential witness tampering, as well as the possibility that both he and former Vice President Mike Pence could be summoned to testify, Lofgren replied: “All Something is on the table… This investigation is very much ongoing.”

She noted: “I think there’s a pretty broad plot here. I think it’s pretty obvious.”

Lofgren said she “doesn’t want to tell” Attorney General Merrick Garland “how to conduct her investigation. But I will say this,” she added: “He has the power of summons and he has a lot more power to enforce his summons than Congress does.” The easy way out. I think they’re seeing everything. I hope so.”

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