Watchdog says Secret Service deleted January 6 text messages

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WASHINGTON, DC – JUNE 01: Members of the Secret Service Counterattack Team return to the White House after US President Donald Trump posed for photos outside St. John’s Episcopal Church on June 01, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump held up a Bible as he stood outside the church, which was partially burned during violent protests the previous night. Earlier today, President Donald Trump encouraged US governors to be more aggressive against violent protesters after several nights of nationwide violence in response to the death of George Floyd while in police custody from Minneapolis. “You’ve got to dominate or you’ll look like a bunch of assholes, you’ve got to arrest and judge people,” he said on a call from the White House’s basement crisis room. . (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON (AP) — A government watchdog discovered that Secret Service agents deleted text messages sent and received around the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol after an inspector general requested them in as part of the insurgency investigation. That’s according to a letter obtained by The Associated Press. The letter from the Office of the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security informs Congress that it has been informed that numerous Secret Service messages between January 5 and January 6, 2021 were erased “as part of a appliance replacement program”. Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said: “The insinuation that the Secret Service maliciously deleted text messages in response to a request is false.”

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