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Democrats investigating the Capitol riot demanded relevant messaging from federal law enforcement

The congressional panel investigating the riot at the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 has subpoenaed the Secret Service for text messages that may shed light on the incident, after a government watchdog suggested that the agency may have deleted them maliciously.

In a letter written Friday to Secret Service Director James Murray, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Mississippi) said the House committee subpoenaed the police organization to produce a series of text messages originally sent on January 5 and 6. . Deadline of July 19 to provide documents to Congress.

While the Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) Inspector General had previously suggested that the Secret Service erased those messages — and only did so after being explicitly asked to hand them over — the Service has later stated that some texts had been deleted as part of a pre-planned “system migration” but added “None of the texts [the inspector general] was looking for had been lost in the migration.

It remains unclear why the messages have not yet been delivered, as the Secret Service now claims to possess them.

In addition to the texts themselves, the House panel also subpoenas any “after action reports that have been released across all divisions” of service.

In comments to The Washington Post on Thursday, Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi insisted that no posts had been deleted. “maliciously” to avoid complying with a request from the Inspector General, saying instead that the agency was “fully cooperative” with the survey “in all respects.”

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