January 6 panel obtained 800,000 Secret Service pages
Rep. Liz Cheney said the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol received about 800,000 pages of Secret Service communications material, but she noted that most of the text messages dated to about that date, which the committee had requested, have not been retrieved. .
“The texts themselves, in many cases, have disappeared or other forms of communication, like messages and emails from teams, and other forms of communication that we received probably around 800,000 pages” , Cheney, R-Wyo., told the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday.
The Capitol Attack Investigation Committee subpoenaed the Secret Service in July for text messages the agents were reportedly removed around January 6, 2021. The Secret Service removed the January 5 and 6 posts after the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General requested the tapes.
The missing text messages could have corroborated the June testimony of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. She testified that former Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations Tony Ornato told her there was a confrontation between former President Donald Trump and his Secret Service detail in Trump’s vehicle on January 6.
Rep. Adam Schiff, D-California, said on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday that he found Hutchinson’s testimony is credible.
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Schiff said the committee had a lot of information to consider, but he thinks “it’s fair to say that” it won’t replace “some of the most critical evidence, which would have been on the phones.”
Committee members are making those points days before the panel’s next hearing on Wednesday.
Schiff also criticized the Justice Department’s handling of the Capitol attack. In an interview with the Texas Tribune Festival on Saturday, he said the DOJ had “been very slow, however, on the much fuller and, I believe, even more significant investigation of January 6.”
Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., told NBC’s “Meet the Press” Sunday that Wednesday’s hearing will focus on details that have been brought to the committee over the past five or six weeks.
Raskin also said he felt more confident the Justice Department would follow up on the January 6 attacks.