The Department of Homeland Security watchdog has delayed the process of retrieving deleted Secret Service text messages and notifying Congress about them, The Washington Post reported on Friday.
The conflict between Secret Service and DHS Inspector General Joseph Gaffari came after Gaffari wrote a letter to lawmakers earlier this month. The Secret Service deleted the text messages 2021 from the date of the capital riots and the day before. The Secret Service said Deleted Text messages The pre-programmed structure was due to migration.
The Post, citing unnamed sources, said Ghaffari’s office initially told DHS agencies, including the Secret Service, that in early February they planned to turn over their phones in an effort to recover lost data. But in late February, the office decided not to push ahead with collecting the phones, sources told the outlet.
On July 13, Gaffari’s office sent a letter about the deleted messages to a House committee that was investigating on January 6. LetterHowever, according to The Post, it did not indicate that the office was aware of the deleted messages in December. Unnamed sources told CNN Ghafari knew about them as early as May 2021.
The Post also reported that Gaffari’s letter did not mention that additional text messages from two top DHS officials were missing.
“The practice of preserving content prior to this purge is inconsistent with federal records retention requirements and may represent a potential violation of the Federal Records Act,” said committee chair and vice chair Reps. Penny Thompson and Liz Cheney. A Report.
Thompson, who is the House Homeland Security chairman, and House Oversight Chairman Rep. There is Caroline Maloney. He called on Gaffari to recuse himself from the investigation. They said his late disclosure to Congress about inaccessible Secret Service records “casts serious doubt on his independence and his ability to effectively conduct such an important investigation.”
DHS and Cuffari’s office did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.