National Archives asks Secret Service to investigate ‘potential unauthorized deletion’ of Jan. 6 texts

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  • The agency responsible for maintaining federal government records on Tuesday asked the US Secret Service to investigate the potentially unauthorized deletion of text messages on Secret Service phones on the day before and day of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.
  • The request by the National Archives and Records Administration came days after the Homeland Security inspector general told two congressional committees that many messages from Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, 2021, had been erased by the Secret Service on agency phones.
  • The select House committee that is investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol has issued a subpoena to the Secret Service demanding text messages and other records related to that day.

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The agency responsible for maintaining federal government records on Tuesday asked the US Secret Service to investigate the potentially unauthorized deletion of text messages on Secret Service phones on the day before and day of the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot.

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The request by the National Archives and Records Administration came nearly a week after the Homeland Security inspector general told two congressional committees that many messages from Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, 2021, had been erased by the Secret Service on agency phones “as a part of a device-replacement program.”

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Chief Records Officer Laurence Brewer told the Secret Service in Tuesday’s request that “if it is determined that any text messages have been improperly deleted … then the Secret Service must send NARA a report within 30 calendar days of the date of this letter with a report documenting the deletion.”

The select House committee that is investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the US Capitol on Friday issued a subpoena to the Secret Service demanding text messages and other records related to that day.

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