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    (CNN)Several GOP senators raised new concerns Thursday about former President Donald Trump's handling of classified documents, rejecting his claim that he could simply declassify the secret records by "thinking about it."In interviews with CNN, the senators broke from Trump's claim that everything was handled appropriately, diverging from many in the party who have sidestepped questions about the matter or have vigorously defended the former President.Asked about Trump's claim on Fox News that he could simply declassify documents by thinking about it and there's no process for him to follow to do that, Senate GOP Whip John Thune told CNN there's a process for declassifying documents. "And I think it ought to be adhered to and followed. And I think that should apply to anybody who has access to or deals with classified information," Thune said."I think the concern is about those being taken from the White House absent some way of declassifying them or the fact that there were classified documents removed — without sort of the appropriate safeguards," the South Dakota Republican continued, adding, "I think that is what...
    The conservative outfit said it's investigating whether and how the Secret Service intervened for Hunter Biden.What else happened during the Hunter Biden gun incident?The source added to TheBlaze that after she disposed of the gun, Hallie Biden — who was in a relationship with Hunter Biden at the the time — contacted Hunter Biden and told him what she did, and Hunter Biden told her to go back and get the gun. But upon attempting that, she couldn't find the gun, the source told TheBlaze. When Hunter Biden arrived at the supermarket, he told law enforcement the gun was purchased earlier in October, he used it for target practice, and he kept it in his vehicle instead of Hallie Biden's house so it was not near her children, the source with knowledge said. The source added to TheBlaze that when Hunter Biden was asked by law enforcement whether he had contacted anyone about this incident, he asked if that meant his father, Joe Biden, and then said, "I have never called my dad for anything" and that he always handled...
    Secret Service hands over ‘thousands’ of records to Jan. 6 committee
    Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.As the top-ranking Republican on the Senate Intelligence Committee, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida is one of the US officials who shares the mission of safeguarding the nation’s most important secrets. The committee is responsible for oversight of the intelligence community, and that duty includes the task of ensuring sensitive information is handled appropriately and kept secured. Yet in the aftermath of the FBI’s raid on Mar-a-Lago to seize government records, including classified documents, that Donald Trump had improperly (and perhaps illegally) taken from the White House, Rubio has been one of the loudest voices denouncing the bureau and amplifying the MAGA message that Trump has been unfairly victimized by Democrats and the Deep State. And that’s quite a different position than the one Rubio took regarding Hillary Clinton’s handling of emails at the State Department.  A few days ago, Rubio pooh-poohed the raid and the entire controversy during an interview with a local Miami news anchor: “This is really at...
    Erin Schaff/ZUMA Fight disinformation: Sign up for the free Mother Jones Daily newsletter and follow the news that matters.We know what Donald Trump did: He absconded from the White House with classified and top secret documents that belonged to the US government; he mishandled these highly sensitive records in his Mar-a-Largo lair (see this photo); he resisted the efforts of the government to retrieve these records; he employed a legal team that falsely certified that all classified material had been returned; and his actions prompted the Justice Department to investigate whether he and his crew obstructed justice or violated other federal laws, including the Espionage Act.  The big question is why. Why did FPOTUS, as he has been dubbed in Justice of Department court filings, run off with the most classified of documents, including records based on confidential human sources? It seems clear that this was no accident. Had it been inadvertent, Trump and his aides would have quickly responded to requests from the National Archives to return the goods, and they would have sent back all the requested material, not merely...
    By ERIC TUCKER WASHINGTON (AP) — Fourteen of the 15 boxes recovered from former President Donald Trump’s Florida estate early this year contained classified documents, many of them top secret, mixed in with miscellaneous newspapers, magazines and personal correspondence, according to an FBI affidavit released Friday. No space at Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate was authorized for the storage of classified material, according to the court papers, which laid out the FBI’s rationale for searching the property this month, including “probable cause to believe that evidence of obstruction will be found.” The 32-page affidavit — heavily redacted to protect the safety of witnesses and law enforcement officials and “the integrity of the ongoing investigation” — offers the most detailed description to date of the government records being stored at Mar-a-Lago long after Trump left the White House. It also reveals the gravity of the government’s concerns that the documents were there illegally. The document makes clear how the haphazard retention of top secret government records, and the failure to return them despite months of efforts by U.S. officials to get them back,...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO, ZEKE MILLER and ERIC TUCKER WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI recovered “top secret” and even more sensitive documents from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, according to court papers released Friday after a federal judge unsealed the warrant that authorized the sudden, unprecedented search this week. A property receipt unsealed by the court shows FBI agents took 11 sets of classified records from the estate during a search on Monday. The seized records include some marked not only top secret but also “sensitive compartmented information,” a special category meant to protect the nation’s most important secrets that if revealed publicly could cause “exceptionally grave” damage to U.S. interests. The court records did not provide specific details about information the documents might contain. The warrant says federal agents were investigating potential violations of three different federal laws, including one that governs gathering, transmitting or losing defense information under the Espionage Act. The other statutes address the concealment, mutilation or removal of records and the destruction, alteration or falsification of records in federal investigations. The property receipt...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO, ZEKE MILLER and ERIC TUCKER WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI recovered “top secret” and even more sensitive documents from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, according to court papers released Friday after a federal judge unsealed the warrant that authorized the sudden, unprecedented search this week. A property receipt unsealed by the court shows FBI agents took 11 sets of classified records from the estate during a search on Monday. The seized records include some marked not only top secret but also “sensitive compartmented information,” a special category meant to protect the nation’s most important secrets that if revealed publicly could cause “exceptionally grave” damage to U.S. interests. The court records did not provide specific details about information the documents might contain. The warrant says federal agents were investigating potential violations of three different federal laws, including one that governs gathering, transmitting or losing defense information under the Espionage Act. The other statutes address the concealment, mutilation or removal of records and the destruction, alteration or falsification of records in federal investigations. The property receipt...
    Federal Magistrate Judge Bruce Reinhart on Friday afternoon unsealed the warrant that authorized the FBI's Monday raid of former President Donald Trump's home at Mar-a-Lago. The warrant, which Reinhart approved on Aug. 5, authorized the FBI to seize from Trump's Florida property "all physical documents and records constituting evidence, contraband, fruits of crime, or other items illegally possessed" in violation of three federal laws, including the Espionage Act. Read the unsealed warrant in full: FBI agents were directed to seize from the Florida resort "any government and/or Presidential Records created between January 20, 2017, and January 20, 2021," as well as "any evidence of the knowing alteration, destruction, or concealment of any government and/or Presidential Records, or of any documents with classification markings." TRUMP BEING INVESTIGATED FOR ESPIONAGE ACT VIOLATION, UNSEALED FBI WARRANT SHOWS Two attachments to the warrant were also unsealed, including a receipt of the property the FBI seized during Monday's raid. Among the items that the FBI obtained were Trump's executive grant of clemency for Roger Stone, information pertaining...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO, ZEKE MILLER and ERIC TUCKER WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI recovered documents that were labeled “top secret” from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, according to court papers released Friday after a federal judge unsealed the warrant that authorized the unprecedented search this week. A property receipt unsealed by the court shows FBI agents took 11 sets of classified records from the estate during a search on Monday. The property receipt is a document prepared by federal agents to specify what was taken during a search. The seized records include some that were marked as classified and top secret. The court records did not provide specific details about the documents or what information they might contain. In a statement Friday, Trump claimed that the documents seized by agents at his Florida club were “all declassified,” and argued that he would have turned over the documents to the Justice Department if asked. While incumbent presidents have the power to declassify information, that authority lapses as soon as they leave office and it was not clear if...
    By MICHAEL BALSAMO, ZEKE MILLER and ERIC TUCKER WASHINGTON (AP) — The FBI recovered several documents that were labeled as “top secret” from former President Donald Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate in Florida, according to multiple reports Friday, as a federal judge was weighing whether to unseal the warrant that authorized the unprecedented search this week. A property receipt obtained by the news outlets shows FBI agents took 11 sets of classified records from the estate during a search on Monday. The property receipt is a document prepared by federal agents to specify what was taken during a search. The seized records include some that were marked as classified and top secret, according to the reports. The court records did not provide specific details about the documents or what information they might contain. In a statement Friday, Trump claimed that the documents seized by agents at his Florida club were “all declassified,” and argued that he would have turned over the documents to the Justice Department if asked. While incumbent presidents have the power to declassify information, that authority lapses as soon...
    A DHS inspector general’s draft report to the January 6 committee was altered to remove damning information accusing the Secret Service of impeding their investigation. The Secret Service has been under fire ever since the news broke that Secret Service text messages from Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, 2021 were deleted by the agency after they were told to preserve them. And now, on the heels of the news that Trump-appointed Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Joseph Cuffari knew about the deleted Secret Service texts for more than a year before he told the January 6 committee about them, CNN’s Whitney Wild and Zachary Cohen broke the news about the spiked draft report that shows “Secret Service has resisted OIG’s oversight activities and continued to significantly delay OIG’s access to records, impeding the progress of OIG’s January 6. 2021 review.” On Friday morning’s edition of CNN’s New Day, Wild explained: This memo was obtained by the Project on Government Oversight. It was shared with CNN, and it shows that there was original language that would have had detailed descriptions from the Department of...
    FBI agents who raided Donald Trump's Florida estate have been in discussions since June with his legal team about a trove of presidential documents on the property, it emerged on Monday night, as speculation continued to swirl about what exactly they were looking for. The raid was carried out on Monday, and confirmed by Trump himself. The White House is believed to have learnt of the raid when the rest of the world did, and was not informed in advance. In February it emerged that Trump had taken classified documents out of the White House when he left in January 2021, and some of those were handed over to the National Archives. Monday's raid is thought likely to be related to the remaining boxes of documents, although it remained unclear why the FBI decided to raid the estate. 'They even broke into my safe!' Trump complained of the raid. He is seen on Monday night leaving Trump Tower Trump's Florida home, Mar-a-Lago, was raided on Monday by FBI agents Trump himself was in New York City at the time, and...
    (CNN)The US Secret Service erased text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021, shortly after they were requested by oversight officials investigating the agency's response to the US Capitol riot, according to a letter given to the House select committee investigating the insurrection and first obtained by CNN.The letter, which was originally sent to the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, says the messages were erased from the system as part of a device-replacement program after the watchdog asked the agency for records related to its electronic communications."First, the Department notified us that many US Secret Service text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021, were erased as part of a device-replacement program. The USSS erased those text messages after OIG requested records of electronic communications from the USSS, as part of our evaluation of events at the Capitol on January 6," the letter from DHS IG Joseph Cuffari stated."Second, DHS personnel have repeatedly told OIG inspectors that they were not permitted to provide records directly to OIG and that such records...
    Former Trump administration official Peter Navarro is facing yet another uphill court battle after repeatedly ignoring the feds’ demands that he turn over official emails sent from a personal account because prosecutors wouldn’t guarantee him immunity, according to a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday. Navarro began his work in the Trump White House on the former president’s first day in office, and remained until the last. He spent the first few months of 2017 as deputy assistant to the president and director of the National Trade Council, then was appointed director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy. In March 2020, Trump directed Navarro to coordinate the federal government’s use of the Defense Production Act to respond to the spreading COVID-19 outbreak. Under the Presidential Records Act (PRA), Navarro and all other similarly situated officials are required to preserve all official communications, which are considered the property of the United States, the 52-page lawsuit filed by the Department of Justice explains. But DOJ lawyers say Navarro did not respond to requests for the material from the National Archives and Records...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Top congressional Democrats have requested sit-down interviews and internal documents from the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general as part of a deepening investigation into the agency’s handling of now-deleted Secret Service text messages surrounding the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. The leaders of the powerful House Oversight and Homeland Security committees wrote a letter to Inspector General Joseph Cuffari on Monday, detailing the urgent need for interviews with his staff regarding new evidence of alleged efforts to cover up the erasure of Secret Service communications. “We are writing with grave new concerns over your lack of transparency and independence, which appear to be jeopardizing the integrity of a crucial investigation run by your office,” House Oversight Chair Carolyn Maloney and Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson wrote in the letter. They also renewed their calls for Cuffari to recuse himself from investigations of the erased texts. The committees said it has obtained evidence that shows the inspector general’s office first learned of the missing Secret Service text messages, as part of its investigation into...
    It was revealed Thursday that additional text messages sent and received by Department of Homeland Security officials before and during the January 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol are missing—something the DHS inspector general has known for more than five months but unlawfully failed to disclose to Congress. On top of the Secret Service texts from January 5 and 6 that were deleted after the DHS inspector general's office requested the agency's electronic communications records, messages sent to and from three high-ranking Trump administration officials at DHS in early January 2021 are missing, according to an internal agency record obtained by the Project On Government Oversight (POGO) and congressional sources. As POGO explained:In late February 2022, the department's management division informed DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari's office in writing that text messages sent or received by then-Acting Secretary Chad Wolf, then-Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli, and Acting Under Secretary for Management Randolph D. "Tex" Alles cannot be found. The records show Cuffari's office was told that government phones used by those top DHS leaders might also be inaccessible.Cuffari's office...
    Phone records from Donald Trump's acting Homeland Security Secretary and his deputy have been deleted, it emerged on Thursday - destroying vital evidence about what was happening in the run-up to the January 6 Capitol riot. Chad Wolf, the acting DHS chief, and his deputy Ken Cuccinelli, were at the heart of all discussions about potential threats to and plots against the country. On January 6 Wolf was in the Middle East on a pre-planned trip, but Cuccinelli was in DC and toured the Capitol the night of January 6 to survey the damage.  The pair were required by law, as with everyone in government office, to keep their official correspondence for the National Archive. But on Thursday it emerged that their phones had been wiped. The news came a week after the same story was told about Secret Service agents on duty during the riot. Chad Wolf (left), the acting Homeland Security Secretary, and his deputy Ken Cuccinelli both had their phones wiped when they left their jobs in government - contrary to legal requirements Wolf and Cuccinelli's job...
    (CNN)US Secret Service Director James Murray is delaying his retirement from the service as the agency faces inquiries from Congress and elsewhere over its deletion of text messages around January 6, 2021, Murray said in a message to his workforce."I feel strongly about using this time to oversee and ensure our agency's continued cooperation, responsiveness, and full support with respect to ongoing Congressional and other inquiries," Murray wrote in his message. "Doing so is critically important and I am especially grateful for the extra time to help lead our Service ever forward."CNN previously reported that the US Secret Service erased text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021. The text messages at issue may have been deleted when the agency conducted a data migration of phones that began January 27, 2021.The Department of Homeland Security inspector general asked last year for the text records of 24 individuals at the Secret Service who were involved in January 6, but only one text had been produced. After the issue spilled into public view this month, the inspector general launched a criminal investigation...
    The Secret Service chief said he will “briefly delay” his retirement while the agency navigates multiple investigations into its conduct regarding deleted text messages around the time of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot. The agency has not yet named a replacement for Director James Murray after he announced he would be retiring in early July, and the search process is still “active and ongoing,” the agency boss said in an internal memo reported by CBS News on Thursday. However, Murray confirmed he would remain in the role while also transitioning to the private sector in order to assist the agency with investigations into the disappearing texts. SECRET SERVICE WILL ‘COOPERATE FULLY’ WITH JAN. 6 INVESTIGATIONS, DIRECTOR VOWS “I feel strongly about using this time to oversee and ensure our agency’s continued cooperation, responsiveness, and full support with respect to ongoing Congressional and other inquiries. Doing so is critically important and I am especially grateful for the extreme time to help lead our Service ever forward,” Murray said in a statement. “As I have communicated to you...
    Before it was instructed to halt its investigation last week, the United States Secret Service found records of deleted text messages on the phones of at least 10 agents. The Secret Service investigators had discovered metadata showing that text messages were sent and received on at least 10 agents' phones on and around Jan. 6, 2021, but have since been deleted, according to CNN.  Investigators were then working to determine whether the content of these texts contained information about the Capitol insurrection, and should have been preserved amid an ongoing House investigation into the riot, two unnamed sources told CNN. In fact, among the text records the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General requested were those of the heads of the detail for both former President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence: Bobby Engel and Tim Giebels, respectively. It's unclear whether they are included among the 10 personnel whose phones contained metadata showing records of deleted texts. But among the 24 Secret Service members that were originally under scrutiny by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, sources told...
    A conservative advocacy group has filed a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit to gain access to Secret Service records tied to Hunter Biden. Judicial Watch said it had filed a FOIA request with the Secret Service in March for “any and all records concerning the use of security and/or other services to Hunter Biden and any companions on any international travel” from 2010 to 2013. The organization also submitted FOIA requests in April for “any and all records concerning the use of security and/or other services to Hunter Biden and any companions” and any records related to the use of taxpayer funds for the younger Biden's security from the day of President Joe Biden’s inauguration to the present day, as well as for all records tied to taxpayer funds going to provide security for Hunter Biden and any associates in Malibu, California. The younger Biden's Secret Service detail is reportedly paying approximately $30,000 a month of taxpayer money to rent a mansion near his home in Malibu. Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton contended that “the Secret...
    The Secret Service provided only a single text exchange to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol in response to a request seeking a month’s worth of records. The single text in response to the inspector general’s subpoena from last year has been handed over to the Jan. 6 committee. The lack of messages raised concerns among officials in the Department of Homeland Security, who accused the Secret Service of failing to maintain records crucial for the committee’s investigation. SECRET SERVICE HAS NO NEW TEXTS TO DELIVER TO JAN. 6 COMMITTEE: REPORT “The Secret Service submitted the responsive records it identified, namely, a text message conversation from former US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund to former Secret Service Uniformed Division Chief Thomas Sullivan requesting assistance on January 6, 2021, and advised the agency did not have any further records responsive to the DHS OIG’s request for text messages,” Ronald Rowe, assistant director for the Office of Intergovernmental and Legislative Affairs, wrote in a letter to the Jan. 6 committee. Inspector General...
    The U.S. National Archives on Tuesday asked the Secret Service to investigate the "potential unauthorized deletion" of agents' text messages sent the day of and before the January 6, 2021 attack on the United States Capitol by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. "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," U.S. Chief Records Officer Laurence Brewer informed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) records officer, referring to the National Archives and Records Administration. "This report must include a complete description of the records affected, a statement of the exact circumstances surrounding the deletion of messages, a statement of the safeguards established to prevent further loss of documentation, and details of all agency actions taken to salvage, retrieve, or reconstruct the records," he added. Brewer's request followed news that the Secret Service will inform the congressional committee investigating the Capitol attack that it has found no new text messages related to...
    (CNN) — The US Secret Service produced an “initial set of documents” to the House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021, insurrection on Tuesday, in response to a subpoena last week that was issued amid reports of potentially missing text messages from the day of the insurrection. “Our delivery included thousands of pages of documents, Secret Service cell phone use and other policies, as well as operational and planning records,” USSS spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said in a statement. READ MORE: Philadelphia Officials Address Grim Milestone As City Reaches 300 Homicides In 2022However, Tuesday’s document production didn’t include any of the potentially missing texts from January 5 and6, 2021, a Secret Service official told CNN. That’s because the agency still has not been able to recover any records that were lost during a phone migration around that time, the official said. “Any message that was not uploaded by the employee as a government record would have been lost during the migration,” the USSS official told CNN, referring to the agency’s backup procedures. Before the phone migration, Secret Service employees were...
    (CNN)The Secret Service was only able to provide a single text exchange to the DHS inspector general who had requested a month's worth of records for 24 Secret Service personnel, according to a letter to the House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, and obtained by CNN.The revelation provides insight into the concern raised in a recent letter to Congress by the inspector general, who accused the agency of not retaining records needed for the January 6 investigation.Inspector General Joseph Cuffari -- having already received an initial batch of documents including "hundreds of thousands of disclosures of agency documents, policies, radio communications, emails, briefings and interviews" -- requested in June 2021 text messages sent and received by 24 Secret Service personnel between December 7, 2020 and January 8, 2021, according to the letter, the details of which had not been previously reported. The letter does not identify the 24 personnel."The Secret Service submitted the responsive records it identified, namely, a text message conversation from former US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund to former Secret Service Uniformed Division Chief Thomas Sullivan...
    OLIVIER DOULIERY/AFP via Getty Images The Washington Post’s Carol Leonnig reported on Tuesday that the Secret Service has determined it no longer has any text messages relevant to the Jan. 6 House investigation as all texts were permanently “purged,” according to a senior source. Leonnig added in her report that the National Archives is looking into whether or not “the potential unauthorized deletion” violated U.S. law. The Secret Service and several of its key agents surrounding former President Donald Trump on Jan. 6, 2021 “have been embroiled in the Jan. 6 investigation because of their role shadowing and planning President Donald Trump’s movements that day,” explained Leonnig. Trump’s desire to go to the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6th and the Secret Service stopping him, even physically, became a key moment during one of the Jan. 6 hearings last month. The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol subpoenaed the Secret Service’s phone, after-action reports, and other records surrounding Jan. 6, 2021 last Friday. “The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General upended the committee’s...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — The National Archives on Tuesday requested that the Secret Service investigate “the potential unauthorized deletion” of agency text messages sent and received around the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol. The Secret Service has come under heavy scrutiny following the revelation last week that text messages sent around the time of the Capitol attack may have been erased. In response, the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 investigation issued a subpoena for the messages and other related records. The Secret Service has said all procedures were followed and pledged “full cooperation” with the Archives’ review. “The United States Secret Service respects and supports the important role of the National Archives and Records Administration in ensuring the preservation of government records,” said agency spokesman Anthony Guglielmi. The deletion of the messages has raised the prospect of lost evidence that could shed further light on then-President Donald Trump’s actions during the insurrection, particularly after testimony about his confrontation with security as he tried to join supporters at the Capitol. The National Archives, which is in charge...
    (CNN)The National Archives has joined a growing list of federal agencies and officials demanding answers about a batch of missing text messages from the US Secret Service from January 5 and 6, 2021, that may have been deleted. Laurence Brewer, the Chief of Records officer for the US Government sent a letter to the Department of Homeland Security Records officer on Tuesday asking the agency to clear up if the text messages were deleted and explain why."If it is determined that any text messages have been improperly deleted (regardless of their relevance to the OIG/Congressional inquiry of the events on January 6, 2021), 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," Brewer wrote in the letter to Damian Kokinda, the DHS Records officer, referencing the DHS Office of Inspector General.The possible deletion of texts was first brought to light last week by the Homeland Security inspector general, who sent the chairs of the House and Senate Homeland Security committees a letter informing them...
    The National Archives and Records Administration has requested that the Secret Service investigate whether any text messages from Jan. 5-6, 2021 were "improperly deleted." The Secret Service is required to send a report back on its findings within 30 calendar days. "This report must include a complete description of the records affected, a statement of the exact circumstances surrounding the deletion of messages, a statement of the safeguards established to prevent further loss of documentation, and details of all agency actions taken to salvage, retrieve, or reconstruct the records," Chief Records Officer Laurence Brewer wrote in a letter to the Secret Service on Tuesday. This is a breaking news story and will be updated. News
    January 6 panel members said Sunday that the investigation is ramping up despite the upcoming primetime finale of their public hearings and previewed that recently subpoenaed Secret Service records should come by Tuesday. 'We are full speed ahead,' Democratic Representative Elaine Luria told CNN State of the Union host Dana Bash, claiming that the Thursday hearing is just the last in the first series. Fellow select committee member Zoe Lofgren also said Sunday that the panel is still considering interviewing former President Donald Trump and his ex-Vice President Mike Pence as part of the ongoing probe. She told ABC This Week host Martha Raddatz that the panel expects to receive relevant Secret Service records before Thursday's hearing that the panel subpoenaed from the agency on Friday. The House January 6 select committee demanded the Secret Service hand over 'pertinent texts' related to the Capitol attack that they believe were erased after they requested it be turned over. 'We expect to get them by this Tuesday. So we'll see,' Representative Lofgren said, adding that the panel 'needs all the texts from...
    Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) affirmed that the January 6 Committee would look into the Secret Service’s deletion of text messages from Jan. 5th and 6th, 2021. CBS’ Margaret Brennan interviewed Kinzinger on Sunday for Face The Nation, and she started with the news that that agency’s texts were deleted as part of a “device-replacement program.” Secret Service Director James Murray told the January 6 Committee the texts were gone after being subpoenaed to preserve communications records, so Brennan asked Kinzinger if he believes Murray, or if something more “malicious” happened. “We’re going to know more Tuesday,” Kinzinger said. “We made the decision as a committee that we need to subpoena these records. The IG came in front of us and said we have been working hard to get this. They claim it was this technological change, we moved everything, we lost these texts. And then, they also put out this statement though that said we’ve only lost some of the texts and everything relevant to this investigation has been turned over. Kinzinger called these “very conflicting statements” as the prompts...
    Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images The January 6 Committee is demanding all relevant evidence from Secret Service Director James Murray following the revelation that the agency deleted text messages from Jan. 5th and 6th, 2021. On Friday night — after the news broke that Secret Service text messages from Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, 2021 were deleted by the agency after they were told to preserve them — the committee tweeted an announcement that they have issued a subpoena to Murray: The Select Committee has issued a subpoena for records from the United States Secret Service. In a letter to Secret Service Director James Murray, Chair @BennieGThompson sought information about Secret Service text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021 that were reportedly erased. — January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) July 16, 2022 Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson‘s full letter is quoted in a statement announcing the subpoena: Bolton, MS—Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) today announced that the Select Committee has issued a subpoena for records from the United States Secret Service (USSS). In a letter to Secret Service Director James Murray,...
    (CNN)The House select committee investigating January 6, 2021, has issued a subpoena to the US Secret Service, marking the first time the panel has publicly done so for an executive branch agency. Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat who chairs the committee, wrote in a letter Friday to Secret Service Director James Murray that the panel is seeking Secret Service text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021, and reiterated three previous requests for information by congressional committees."The Select Committee has been informed that the USSS erased text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021 as part of a 'device-replacement program.' In a statement issued July 14, 2022, the USSS stated that it 'began to reset its mobile phones to factory settings as part of a pre-planned, three-month system migration. In that process, data resident on some phones was lost.' However, according to that USSS statement, 'none of the texts it [DHS Office of Inspector General] was seeking had been lost in the migration,'" Thompson wrote. "Accordingly, the Select Committee seeks the relevant text messages, as well as any after...
    On Thursday, news broke that the Secret Service had erased text messages from Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, 2021. This news came from Joseph Cuffari, inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security, who also made it clear that the erasure of the messages happened after Cuffari’s office had notified the Secret Service that it was seeking records of electronic communications over this period. These records are critical evidence of the events surrounding the Jan. 6 coup plot. That’s especially true in light of the testimony of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. Hutchinson testified under oath about an incident described to her by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Tony Ornato in which Donald Trump attempted to seize the wheel of the presidential limousine and fought with the driver. Following that testimony, Ornato claimed that he would testify that he would testify to dispute Hutchinson’s account. Also, The New York Times and other outlets widely reported that “Secret Service officials who requested anonymity said that the two men in the presidential limousine with Mr. Trump were prepared to state under oath that neither was assaulted...
    (CNN)The Department of Homeland Security inspector general on Friday briefed all nine members of the House select committee investigating the US Capitol attack on January 6, 2021, about the Secret Service erasing text messages from the day of the riot and the day before.The inspector general, Joseph Cuffari, met with the committee behind closed doors two days after sending a letter to lawmakers informing them that the text messages were erased after the watchdog agency asked for records related to its electronic communications as part of its ongoing investigation around the Capitol attack. CNN saw Cuffari and every member of the House committee enter a meeting room on Capitol Hill.The inspector general originally notified the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees in a letter that the text messages were erased from the system as part of a device-replacement program after the watchdog asked the agency for the records."First, the Department notified us that many US Secret Service text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021, were erased as part of a device-replacement program. The USSS erased those text messages after...
    A recently released ex-con from Jersey City hid a camera in a Ridgefield Park woman's home in an attempt to secretly record her having sex, authorities charged. Johnny Nunez, 46, was taken into custody by village police this week after the woman found the camera, Police Chief Joseph Rella said Friday. Nunez has conducted a campaign of "persistent and ongoing harassment" of the 42-year-old victim, the chief said. Village police arrested him this past Tuesday on charges of invasion of privacy, harassment "in a maner to cause alarm" and stalking, records show. He remained held Friday in the Bergen County Jail. Nunez served nearly three years in state prison for a pair of burglaries -- one in Hudson County and the other in Morris. He'd only just been released this past March, records show.
    A recently released ex-con from Jersey City hid a camera in a Ridgefield Park woman's home in an attempt to secretly record her having sex, authorities charged. Johnny Nunez, 46, was taken into custody by village police this week after the woman found the camera, Police Chief Joseph Rella said Friday. Nunez has conducted a campaign of "persistent and ongoing harassment" of the 42-year-old victim, the chief said. Village police arrested him this past Tuesday on charges of invasion of privacy, harassment "in a maner to cause alarm" and stalking, records show. He remained held Friday in the Bergen County Jail. Nunez served nearly three years in state prison for a pair of burglaries -- one in Hudson County and the other in Morris. He'd only just been released this past March, records show.
    (CNN) — The US Secret Service erased text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021, shortly after they were requested by oversight officials investigating the agency’s response to the US Capitol riot, according to a letter given to the House select committee investigating the insurrection and obtained by CNN. The letter, which was originally sent to the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, says the messages were erased from the system as part of a device-replacement program after the watchdog asked the agency for records related to its electronic communications. READ MORE: Teen Girl Charged In James Lambert's Murder Gave 10-Year-Old Phone To Record Attack, Sources Say“First, the Department notified us that many US Secret Service text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021, were erased as part of a device-replacement program. The USSS erased those text messages after OIG requested records of electronic communications from the USSS, as part of our evaluation of events at the Capitol on January 6,” the letter from DHS IG Joseph Cuffari stated. “Second, DHS personnel have...
    The Secret Service deleted text messages from Jan. 5 and 6 last year after oversight officials investigating the Capitol riot requested them, according to a government watchdog. Homeland Security Department Inspector General Joseph Cuffari penned a letter to the House and Senate Homeland Security committees on Wednesday, informing them that text messages from those two days were erased from the system as part of a device replacement program. TRUMP RANG WHITE HOUSE SUPPORT STAFFER TALKING TO JAN. 6 COMMITTEE: REPORT "First, the Department notified us that many US Secret Service text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021, were erased as part of a device-replacement program. The USSS erased those text messages after OIG requested records of electronic communications from the USSS, as part of our evaluation of events at the Capitol on January 6," Cuffari wrote in the letter first obtained by the Intercept. The Office of Inspector General for the Department of Homeland Security, which is the Secret Service's parent agency, had requested electronic communications records as part of its evaluation of the events...
    By Jamie Gangel, Zachary Cohen and Ryan Nobles | CNN The US Secret Service erased text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021, shortly after they were requested by oversight officials investigating the agency’s response to the US Capitol riot, according to a letter given to the House select committee investigating the insurrection and obtained by CNN. The letter, which was originally sent to the House and Senate Homeland Security Committees by the Department of Homeland Security Inspector General, says the messages were erased from the system as part of a device-replacement program after the watchdog asked the agency for records related to its electronic communications. “First, the Department notified us that many US Secret Service text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021, were erased as part of a device-replacement program. The USSS erased those text messages after OIG requested records of electronic communications from the USSS, as part of our evaluation of events at the Capitol on January 6,” the letter from DHS IG Joseph Cuffari stated. “Second, DHS personnel have repeatedly told OIG inspectors that they were...
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Secret Service agents deleted text messages sent and received around the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol even after an inspector general requested them as part of an investigation into the insurrection, the government watchdog has found. The Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General, in a letter obtained by The Associated Press, said the messages between Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, 2021, were erased “as part of a device-replacement program.” The erasure came after the watchdog office requested records of electronic communications between the agents as part of its probe into events surrounding the Jan. 6 attack. Additionally, Homeland Security personnel were told they couldn’t provide records to the inspector general and any such records would first have to be reviewed by DHS attorneys. “This review led to a weeks-long delays in OIG obtaining records and created confusion over whether all records had been produced,” states the letter, which was dated Wednesday and sent to leaders of the House and Senate Homeland Security committees. Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi told the...
    The United States Secret Service is in yet another scandal over its performance during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. "The Secret Service erased text messages from January 5 and January 6, 2021, according to a letter given to the January 6 committee and reviewed by The Intercept. The letter was originally sent by the Department of Homeland Security Office of Inspector General to the House and Senate homeland security committees. Though the Secret Service maintains that the text messages were lost as a result of a 'device-replacement program,' the letter says the erasure took place shortly after oversight officials requested the agency’s electronic communications," The Intercept reported Thursday. Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified that Trump scuffled with Secret Service agents as he sought to join his MAGA crowd's riot. "The Department of Homeland Security — Secret Service’s parent agency — is subject to oversight of the DHS Office of Inspector General, which had requested records of electronic communications from the Secret Service between January 5 and 6 of 2021, before being informed that they had...
    The records obtained by U.S. Right to Know included six pages of notes from the Feb. 7 discussion, but the material is fully redacted. \u201cHere\u2019s the email from @JeremyFarrar to @VictorDzau and @edwardcholmes with the Feb. 2020 summary of the virologists\u2019 conclave with Tony Fauci and Francis Collins on the origins of Covid-19. All six pages of the summary are redacted. https://t.co/BXTg7XAEUB\u201d — Gary Ruskin (@Gary Ruskin) 1654174531 The newly unearthed records reveal that scientists continued to consider the lab-leak origins theory of COVID-19 in private while working to dismiss the theory in public. But exactly what they discussed remains unknown, hidden behind redacted records and repeated refusals to comment. There are two competing theories of the origins of the coronavirus pandemic. The first is that the virus has natural origins — that it was carried by an animal host and evolved to be contagious among human beings. This is the view widely accepted by most scientists. The second theory is that researchers at the Wuhan Institute of Virology, a Chinese lab that studies coronaviruses, may have...
    This confidentiality clause extends to any communications, documents, data, or equipment resulting from the two labs' collaboration and is retained after the agreement's five year term ends in October 2022. “All cooperation … shall be treated as confidential information by the parties,” the memo states. SCOOP from @emilyakopp : "The Wuhan Institute of Virology has the right to ask a partnering lab in the U.S. to destroy all records of their work, according to a legal document obtained by @USRightToKnow" full discussion w/ @briebriejoy & @KimIversenShow : https://youtu.be/A45vKmCzzaI\u00a0pic.twitter.com/1xQtH0ktnD — Rising (@Rising) 1650468657 Experts that spoke to USRTK said the agreement contains broad language that should raise red flags, given that the Chinese government has obstructed international investigations into the COVID-19 pandemic's origins and the Wuhan lab has previously been accused of deleting viral sequences from a NIH database that could shed a light on where the virus came from. “The clause is quite frankly explosive,” said Reuben Guttman, a partner at Guttman, Buschner & Brooks PLLC who specializes in whistleblower cases. “Anytime I see a public entity, I would...
    Freedom of Information Act requests for records of President Joe Biden's visitors in Delaware, where he spends a significant amount of time, have produced no documents, according to the New York Post. The newspaper reportedly asked for over a year's worth of records regarding the president's visitors at his Delaware residences. In a Monday response, Secret Service Freedom of Information Act Officer Kevin Tyrrell said, “The Secret Service FOIA Office searched all Program Offices that were likely to contain potentially responsive records, and no records were located,” per the New York Post. 'WE CAUGHT THEM': TRUMP HYPES 'EXPLOSIVE' 2020 ELECTION LITIGATION IN MICHIGAN According to the report, Biden was in Delaware for almost 100 days during his first year in office, sometimes conducting meetings with lawmakers. Last year, White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters, “I can confirm we are not going to be providing information about the comings and goings of the president’s grandchildren or people visiting him in Delaware.” “The president goes to Delaware because it’s his home,” Psaki...
    A 21-YEAR-old Chihuahua out of Florida has been recognized as the world's oldest dog, and his secret to longevity is being shared. The website for the Guinness Book of World Records revealed the news about TobyKeith, who was born on January 9, 2001. 5Chihuahua TobyKeith, originally named Peanut Butter, has been recognized by Guinness World Records as the oldest dog livingCredit: Instagram 5TobyKeith had his record verified at the grand old age of 21 years and 66 days on March 16Credit: Instagram His owner Gisela Shore believes that the secret to his good health is regular exercise and a nutritious diet of veggies, rice, and chicken with no sugary treats. She believes that healthy genetics, a healthy diet, and a caring environment are the keys to his "grand old age." "When he turned 20 years, everyone’s reaction was WOW! My friends and family thought he was the oldest dog they knew about," Shore told Guinness World Records. TobyKeith does have a heart condition, but it doesn't keep him down much. CHECK OUT THESE WORLD RECORDSBEYOND A POKE Logan Paul breaks...
    After a legal battle, the House select committee investigating Jan. 6 got official White House call records from that day—only to find a more than seven-hour gap in records of Donald Trump’s phone calls. There are no calls shown for Trump from 11:17 AM to 6:54 PM as a mob of his supporters violently attacked the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to block the certification of President Joe Biden’s 2020 win.  That doesn’t mean that Trump stayed off the phone during the attack. It means he was making calls from who knows what other phones—something a president is not supposed to do, for security reasons as well as national records ones—during those crucial hours. It has already been widely reported that during the attack on the Capitol, Trump called Sen. Mike Lee (looking for Sen. Tommy Tuberville) and spoke with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy. And in the hours immediately before and after the attack, he was frequently on the phone, according to official records.  The documents provided include the president’s daily diary and a White House call log, with neither showing Trump having made...
    "These search parameters did not yield communications for the years 2010, 2011, or 2013," Murray said. But dozens of email records reported by Just the News appear to contradict what the Secret Service told Grassley and Johnson. For example, Secret Service records show that between May 15 and May 17, 2011, Biden took a trip to Mexico with Secret Service protection. The plans for that trip were discussed ahead of time in communications between the then-vice president's son and Secret Service agents, Just the News reveals. “Hunter, when you have some free time, I would like to discuss the Monterrey trip with you,” Secret Service agent Yvonne DiCristoforo wrote to Biden on April 28, 2011. "I have some specific information to provide you that we received from our Mexico City office,” she added. “I know you are out of the office this evening, but if you could contact me at your convenience, I would appreciate it." The email was contained on a Hunter Biden laptop that is now in FBI custody, Just the News reported. It was...
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