House Jan. 6 panel seeks phone records from Secret Service

This should be interesting:

The House committee investigating the attack on the United States Capitol issued a subpoena to the Secret Service late Friday seeking text messages from Jan. 5 and 6, 2021, that were said to have been erased, as well as any after-action reports.

In a statement, the committee’s chairman, Representative Bennie Thompson, Democrat of Mississippi, said the panel was seeking records from “any and all divisions” of the Secret Service “pertaining or relating in any way to the events of Jan. 6, 2021.”

The development came after the inspector general for the Department of Homeland Security, the parent agency of the Secret Service, met with the panel and told lawmakers that many of the texts were erased as part of a device replacement program even after the inspector general had requested them as part of his inquiry into the events of Jan. 6.

The Secret Service has disputed parts of the inspector general’s findings, saying that data on some phones had been “lost” as part of a planned three-month “system migration” in January 2021, but none pertinent to the inquiry.

The most frightening things coming out of this investigation are how many law enforcement and military personnel were involved in the insurrection. Not surprising, really. But jarring in that so many were involved.

I also can’t get past the thought that the Secret Service is supposed to represent the elite of the elite of the elite in law enforcement. These are not guys with criminal justice “degrees” from cop-friendly diploma mills. Yet even the Secret Service — apparently from top to bottom — is infected with the MAGA virus, which is scary when you think about them protecting Democratic presidents and their families. And it was especially scary on Jan. 6 when the Vice President of the United States didn’t trust them to do what is best for the country.

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