Secret Service says no deleted texts to recover for Jan. 6 probe; Archives orders investigation

Secret Service says no deleted texts to recover for Jan. 6 probe; Archives orders investigation

July 19, 2022 0 By Ellen Novack

An image of a rioter is displayed on a screen during the fourth hearing by the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building on June 21, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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.



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