The January 6 committee convened the Secret Service. The presidential guard is accused of deleting text messages that may contain evidence of what happened when Congress was attacked.
According to a letter from the US Department of Security, text messages between bodyguards were deleted after they requested phone data to review attacks on Congress.
The letter was published on Wednesday this week.
The Secret Service is under the Ministry of Security. It is also the ministry responsible for reviewing the Secret Service’s handling of attacks on Congress.
It was precisely at the time of deletion of SMS, namely after being notified of the handover of the materials, that led to accusations that the Secret Service had corrupted telephone data.
The Secret Service, for its part, has denied the allegations. They acknowledged that some phone data had been lost, but said that all requested messages had been handed over to the organizers.
– Claims that the Secret Service dishonestly deleted text messages after requests are not true. In fact, the Secret Service has fully cooperated with the chief inspector on everything – whether it’s interviews, documents, emails or text messages, said spokesman Anthony Guglielmi.
On Saturday evening, the Congressional Committee said they were suing the Secret Service as a result of the allegations.
According to the US Department of Security, the Secret Service has also changed the description of how some text messages disappeared.
Inspector General Joseph Cuffari told the committee Jan. 6 of the change in explanation on Friday.
At one point, the Secret Service said that some phone data was lost during routine data transfers between devices. They also said that all requested messages had been submitted to the committee.
While at other times the explanation is different.
Then equipment replacement is the reason.
Cuffari also said that although the Secret Service agreed that the Department of Security review the agency’s handling of congressional storms, it delayed the review by submitting material too late.
Want all text messages
On Saturday evening, the Congressional Committee said they would sue the Secret Service as a result of the allegations.
According to a statement from the Jan. 6 committee, they wanted to obtain all relevant text messages, in addition to all Secret Service reports relating to or in any way related to the hurricane.
The committee chair, Bennie Thompson, said the Secret Service was unwilling to cooperate.
“We have to work this out, but if the text message goes missing, we are determined to find it,” said committee member Jame Raskin. ABC News on Friday.
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