Secret Service erased text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021

The US Secret Service erased text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021, shortly after they were requested by oversight officials investigating the agency's response to the US Capitol riot, according to a letter given to the House select committee investigating the insurrection and obtained by CNN.

The letter, which was originally sent to the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, says the messages were erased from the system as part of a device-replacement program after the watchdog asked the agency for records related to its electronic communications.
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    1. More than fired, they should be tried, convicted, and imprisoned for criminal treason! This should be a lifetime and imprisonment at the very least!! There is NO excuse for this. Anyone with top secret clearance and anyone working for the Secret Service should be held to the highest standard!

  1. BTW it is illegal to delete destroy or remove U S Historic Records.. so charge those agents and their superiors.

  2. They was just covering their wrong doing. Why they don’t have a back up to retrieve those texts. This thing smells it’s nothing but a cover up to protect themselves that some was involved.

    1. If you all believe that the Ss is innocent of being Above the LAW you believe in Mr. Man in the Moon 🙂

    2. NSA does have them, but they would have to admit they are tapping everyone’s phones if they produce them.

  3. Who ever at Secret Service who’s device’s texts were deleted should be investigated and, if appropriate, prosecuted.

    1. @Robert Smith guess you don’t know the difference between a device and vehicle,
      They don’t auction off the phones. try again

    2. @Chuck Taylor sugar, you are the one who made the claim, the burden of proof lays with you.

  4. Imagine .. of all the days to delete text messages AFTER they are requested. Yeah, that doesn’t pass the smell test.

    1. @Roland Drummer Rudy Just pointing out a request has no legal binding. Congress requests answers all the time, and get none.

    1. @Anthony M ????
      Might as well try to use science to convince a FLAT EARTHER that the planet is spherical and it orbits the sun with all the other planets.

    2. IDK.. seems they were good at getting rid of evidence they were required to preserve. So they’re good at something.

    3. @Jina Ringhofer what difference does how long a YT account has been up make?
      Your comment is reported now as harassment.
      You should have known.

  5. I heard of a past President who’s secretary lost 18 minutes of taped recordings. Whatever happened to that guy ? Kinda convenient timing. Now I know how my dad felt when he knew I was lying and I thought he was stupid. Just another example of a government agency who thinks rules don’t apply to them.

    1. @ThomasFromTN Lets just see how this all unfolds. You won’t like the outcome I promise. I am taking a screenshot of this conversation.

  6. I thought destroyed evidence was a crime is it a crime for the secret service to destroy evidence

    1. @Edward Alt Because Ed is as outraged by this as he was when it happened 20 years ago during the Clintons.

  7. FBI needs to investigate, prosecute and expose anyone in the Secret Service involved in tampering with evidence of such paramount importance. The Secret Service has been an embarrassment for way too long now.

  8. Nope nope nope. I can guarantee you that the secret service would have saved and backed-up ANY and ALL messages being texted among their work phones. Even if there was a “device change-out” – those messages would still be available. Unless they were deliberately, illegally erased. You need to also ask the question of when those messages were allegedly erased – I know after the AG requested they be preserved and handed over, but when in relation to that request – and what was the date range across when messages were erased. But seriously, no. Does anyone actually believe that all secret service messages at that time were erased? No. Just no.

    1. I’m totally convinced that those messages were deliberately erased, if they were incriminating. The skeletons must be dug up at the grave site of the secret service.

  9. I worked for local government for over 25 years, and we were required by state law to keep multiple backups of all files including offsite backups. I find it hard to believe the Federal Government isn’t required to keep frequent backups in the same way (Federal Records Act?). These files should be backed up somewhere and if they are deleted there as well it would be an obvious cover up.

  10. Tony Ornato should be answering this question as he had a very high position within the government and Secret Service. The Secret Service also has to answer why trying to whisk away the Vice President to a secret location in Maryland, when they were aware if Pence didn’t stay to sign off on the election, things could’ve went very different on Jan 6th.

  11. Going from one phone to a new phone doesn’t delete messages. The text message of every phone is recorded by the phone service provider. Understand if you are asked for information from your phone believe they already have it.

    1. @Robert Smith They are still in the carrier server. They maybe deleted from the phone, but they can be retrieved. Everything is stored somewhere.

  12. The actions of Secret Service agents prior to this dereliction were in the gutter.
    The Secret Service has fallen so low.

  13. It’s amazing how people interject their political beliefs in their jobs, I am a military vet of 20 years and never put my political affiliation before serving this country. There is no way in hell that I could do that and sleep well at night. God, family and country in that order, no exceptions! I am at a loss for words with what I am seeing develop in this country, sad!

  14. What Wackrow said was absolutely correct. I was an archivist for the Department of the Interior and part of my job was educating federal workers about how to handle their records according to various record schedules. Altering, destroying, or stealing records (which includes text messages) is a felony.

  15. The Secret Service, an investigative body, “accidentally” lost data on a *routine device maintenance*. F—ing bullsh-t. Just f—ing bullsh-t. That’s like saying you accidentally lost the roof of your house during spring cleaning. 😅

  16. “The secret service were surprised to see this story exposed in the news, they say they have an explanation for the so conveniently deleted messages, but we have not yet been given that explanation.”
    Of course not. They first have to coordinate it with the organizers of the insurrection, then we’ll get it.
    And it is going to be an absolutely beautiful fairytale.
    (I love how they all repeatedly use the phrase ‘for nefarious reasons’ instead of an obvious cover up.)

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