The Department of Homeland Security surveillance agency, which in February 2021 requested all Secret Service text messages sent around Jan. 6, 2021, the day of the Capitol riots, withdrew the request five months later, an email showed , which was received by the leading Democrats two house committees.
On July 27, 2021, DHS Assistant Inspector General Thomas Kait sent an email telling Jim Crumpacker, a senior DHS official, “Jim, please use this email as a reference for our conversation, in which I said we are no longer requesting phone records and text messages from the USSS in connection with the January 6 events,” referring to US Intelligence.
That E-mail was appointed by the House Homeland Security Committee, chaired by Bennie Thompson, D-Miss, and the House Oversight Committee, chaired by Carolyn Maloney, DN.Y. They sent a letter to the DHS Inspector General’s office on Monday, referencing the email and noting that Kait contacted the Secret Service again in December, five months after he withdrew his request for Secret Service text messages asked for the lyrics.
Representatives Maloney and Thompson have requested communications from the DHS Inspector General in connection with the July 2021 email and have asked Kait to make himself available for testimony by August 15.
As recently as July of this year, DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari told Congress that the Jan. 6, 2021 Secret Service emails were missing.
Secret Service spokesmen said the agency deleted the messages as part of a planned phone system migration that would essentially restore all phones to factory settings.
The Washington Post reported last week that Inspector General Cuffari’s office decided in February 2021 not to collect or screen phones to try to recover the missing messages.
The missing text messages have now questioned not only whether the Secret Service took steps to actively cover up the investigation into the Jan. 6, 2021 riot in the US Capitol, but also why Cuffari didn’t notify Congress sooner about the missing text messages informed .
The office of the Inspector General of DHS did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/congress/dhs-watchdog-asked-secret-service-jan-6-texts-retracted-request-email-rcna41019 The DHS watchdog asked the Secret Service for all Jan. 6 texts and then withdrew that request in an email