The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot subpoenaed the Secret Service on Friday after a government watchdog said agents deleted text messages exchanged around the time of the insurrection.
Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson said in a letter to USSS Director James Murray that the committee is demanding the Secret Service hand over the deleted messages and other documents until July 19.
“The USSS erased text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021, as part of a ‘device-replacement program,” Thompson said.
Thompson added that the Jan. 6 panel is asking for the relevant text messages relating to the events of January 6, 2021.
“The Select Committee is investigating the facts, circumstances, and causes of the January 6th attack and issues relating to the peaceful transfer of power, in order to identify and evaluate lessons learned and to recommend to the House and its relevant committees’ corrective laws, policies, procedures, rules, or regulations,” Thompson said.
The subpoenas were issued hours after the nine-member panel received a closed briefing from the Department of Homeland Security’s watchdog, which oversees the Secret Service.
Thompson said that the Jan 6. committee is investigating whether records may have been lost.
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