. DHS watchdog: Secret Service deleted Jan. 5 and 6 text messages after investigators requested records « JO LEE MAGAZINE

USA TODAY – The disclosure was made to the House and Senate Homeland Security committees in a Wednesday letter from Inspector General Joseph Cuffari, who described “weeks-long delays” in obtaining relevant records in its inquiry of the Capitol assault. “The (DHS) notified us that many U.S. Secret Service…text messages from January 5 and 6 2021 were erased as part of a device replacement program,” Cuffari wrote. “The USSS erased those messages after (the inspector general) requested records of electronic communications from USSS, as part of our evaluation of events at the Capitol on January 6.”

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