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Secret service erased text messages, inspector general Joseph Cuffari jan 6

Secret service erased text messages, inspector general deleted texts tapes jan 6
The president of the United States is protected by the Secret Service, which is a law enforcement agency.

The US Secret Service got rid of text messages from the January 6 uprising.

The president of the United States is protected by the Secret Service, which is an agency of the law.

In a letter released Thursday, a government watchdog said that the US Secret Service, which is in charge of protecting the president, deleted agents' text messages sent during the riot on January 6.

In a letter sent to Congress on Wednesday, the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security, Joseph Cuffari, said that his office had trouble getting records from the Secret Service for January 5 and 6, 2021.

On the day of the uprising, Secret Service agents were with both Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who went into hiding at the Capitol after people who supported Trump called for him to be hanged.

"The Department told us that many US Secret Service (USSS) text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021, were deleted as part of a program to replace devices," Cuffari wrote in a letter that was first reported by The Intercept and then published by Politico.

He also said that the department has been slow to give the OIG other records.

He said that the agents' phones were being wiped as part of a planned replacement program that started before the OIG asked for the information six weeks after the insurrection.

The letter was sent to the heads of the Homeland Security Committees in the Senate and the House.

Their investigation has tried to show that Trump was aware that the uprising was a "coup" in the making.

At the time, Trump had made Tony Ornato, a senior Secret Service official, his personal deputy chief of staff.

But other officials from the White House at the time have supported Hutchinson's story.

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