Secret Service turns over one single message to Jan. 6 panel: ‘I smell a rat’


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The Jan. 6 inquisition is crying foul and demanding answers after receiving a single text message from the Secret Service concerning the Capitol riot due to data loss.

The only message not lost in the system migration was a text message that contained a plea from then-Capitol Police officer Steven Sund who asked for help that day.

Panel members are angry and are throwing accusations all over the place after the Secret Service was subpoenaed for the text messages. They received a letter from a government watchdog that reported messages had been “erased” during a device replacement program.

That’s all that we have,” Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) told The Hill in an interview.

The Secret Service is denying that it intentionally deleted text messages, contending that the data was lost during a system migration. The agency does not believe it can recover the data.

The excuse is not satisfying the Jan. 6 committee and they are now demanding an investigation into the Secret Service and whether they broke the law over keeping copies of the text messages.

Agency spokesman Anthony Guglielmi pointed out that Secret Service policy prohibits using text messages due to security concerns. He also said that the initial 24 agents whose records were requested did not have phones impacted by the migration, according to The Hill.

The agency is interviewing the 24 agents “to determine if messages were stored in locations that were not already searched by the Secret Service,” according to CNN. Originally, the agency could not find any messages to turn over.

Guglielmi stated that there were no “hidden messages” that the agency was concealing and that they were not “holding out” from the panel.

The committee is holding out hope that somehow the Secret Service will be able to recover some of the text messages from the phones even though the data was lost.

“My hope is that the Secret Service will use their forensic data capabilities to recapture the texts that we have requested and comply with the subpoena. I think the information they’ve provided us to date leaves a lot of questions regarding their process for data retention,” Murphy said.

“We were just updated and it remains a big mystery to me,” Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) dramatically and accusingly declared to reporters on Wednesday.

“I smell a rat,” he proclaimed. “That seems like an awfully strange coincidence for those text messages to be banished into oblivion on two days where there was also the most violent insurrection against the union in our history, after the Civil War.”

Murphy is also suspicious and has said previously that the Secret Service’s actions are questionable, given the timing.

“They received four requests from congressional committees on Jan. 16 to preserve records, and they had this planned migration for the 25th, I believe, of January, and nobody along the way stopped and thought, ‘Well, maybe we shouldn’t do the migration of data and of the devices until we are able to fulfill these four requests from Congress,'” she accusingly stated during an interview on MSNBC.

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Rep. Pete Aguilar (D-Calif.) announced that the panel is expected to have a more public response concerning the texts within a few days.

“I got a lot of questions,” he asserted as the left did their level best to make the missing text messages a scandal for the Secret Service. “Committee members have a lot of questions related to this.”

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