January 6 committee expects more information soon from Secret Service amid deleted January 6 messages

Ahead of Thursday’s hearing by the House Jan. 6 committee, investigators plan to receive more information from the Secret Service ‘to get the full picture’ of what happened before and during the Capitol insurgency last year, including with regard to text messages sent by agents. that period of time, Rep. Zoe Lofgren said Sunday.

“We hope to have them by Tuesday,” Lofgren, a California Democrat and House committee member, told ABC’s “This Week” co-anchor Martha Raddatz. Lofgren was referring to “relevant texts” the agency said it had following a complaint last week from an internal watchdog that the Secret Service had removed texts from January 5 and January 6, 2021. , after the watchdog searched for these records.

“We need all the text messages from January 5 and 6. I was shocked to hear that they didn’t back up their data before resetting their iPhones. This is crazy, and I don’t know why this would be,” Lofgren told Raddatz, “but we need to get that information to get the full picture.”

In an earlier statement, the Secret Service – which was subpoenaed by the committee on Friday – said any “innuendo” that it was intentionally deleting texts was false and that the committee had their “full and unwavering cooperation”.

Writing in “This Week,” Raddatz asked Lofgren what evidence the public can expect at Thursday’s hearing, which the committee says will detail Trump’s White House reaction to the ongoing riot.

“I’ll let the hearings speak for themselves, but we’re hoping to go through minute by minute what happened, what didn’t happen that day and people can make their own judgement. “said Lofgren.

She said the hearing would not touch on the witness tampering allegation that Wyoming Republican Rep. Liz Cheney, vice chair of the committee, raised at the last hearing – claiming Trump tried to contact a anonymous witness who did not appear publicly. . (Trump’s spokesperson called Cheney a liar.)

Zoe Lofgren, listens as the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol holds a hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, July 12, 2022.

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Raddatz noted that while some members of the public were swayed by the committee’s evidence during the hearings, “a recent Monmouth poll [from late June] less than a quarter of Americans are paying attention and 90% of them say the hearings haven’t changed their minds.”

“I think some people heard us. Over 55 million people watched some of the committee proceedings,” Lofgren said.

In the meantime, she said: “This investigation is ongoing. The fact that the series of hearings ends this Thursday does not mean that our investigation is over. It is very active, new witnesses come forward, additional information arrives. forward.”

The committee is also evaluating seeking interviews with Trump and Trump Vice President Mike Pence, as first reported by The Wall Street Journal.

PHOTO: Video of then-President Donald Trump speaks as the House Select Committee investigates the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol in Washington on June 23, 2022.

Video of then-President Donald Trump appears as the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol continues to release the findings of an investigation by a year, at the Capitol in Washington, on June 23, 2022.

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“Everything is on the table,” Lofgren said, including a possible criminal referral, which committee members have repeatedly said they are considering, but which amounts to a symbolic gesture rather than a legal directive. The decision is ultimately up to prosecutors.

Regarding the Justice Department cases related to Jan. 6, Lofgren said she believes the wrongdoing goes beyond the bogus voter scheme the committee detailed — evidence the committee said the the DOJ has now requested.

“I think there’s a much larger conspiracy here. I think it’s pretty obvious,” Lofgren said. “I wouldn’t tell the Attorney General how to conduct his investigations. But I will say this, they have subpoena power and they have a much easier way to enforce their subpoenas than Congress.”