KOMMONSENTSJANE – HOMELAND SECURITY WATCHDOG HALTED TEXT RETRIEVAL EFFORT.

Only the liberal side gets to relate their fake facts. Otherwise, why wouldn’t they allow the conservatives to have their say?

Where is the most important person to testify – RAY EPPS?

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Homeland Security Watchdog Halted Text Retrieval Effort
Billy House and Yoojung Lee

7/31/2022

(Bloomberg) — A senior Democratic lawmaker renewed her call for the Department of Homeland Security’s watchdog to “step away” from investigating the loss of Secret Service text messages around the attack on the US Capitol, saying he bungled the probe.


Representative Carolyn Maloney, chair of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, said she was troubled by new revelations about DHS Inspector General Joseph Cuffari’s handling of the matter.

Cuffari had planned to help all DHS agencies recover the lost messages from their phones in early February after learning Secret Service texts had been erased, then scrapped the plan later in the month, the Washington Post reported late Friday.

He also failed to tell the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 assault on the Capitol — and other congressional committees — that his office had become aware of the lost texts last December, according to the article.

“Mr. Cuffari must heed my call to immediately step away from this crucial investigation, and I will not rest until I get to the bottom of the alarming conduct by this Inspector General,” Maloney, a New York Democrat, said in a statement Saturday.

The DHS inspector general’s office didn’t respond to requests for comment Saturday. The Department of Homeland Security’s spokeswoman also didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Related video: Homeland Security watchdog accuses Secret Service of deleting text messages around time of Jan. 6 of the January 6 capital attack. The internal watchdogs and a letter

The committee this month said texts of 24 Secret Service employees from the day before and day of the attack were erased during an equipment upgrade.

Earlier Friday, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Dick Durbin said he was asking the Justice Department to investigate the loss of the text messages from the Secret Service and from two officials serving in former President Donald Trump’s administration at the time.

“The destruction of evidence that could be relevant to the investigation of the deadly attack on our Capitol is an extremely serious matter,” Durbin, an Illinois Democrat, said in a statement.

The Project On Government Oversight, citing an internal agency record and congressional sources, reported Thursday that the texts from two Trump administration officials, Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and Acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli, were missing.

The project, an independent watchdog, said the inspector general’s office was told the data had been lost when Wolf and Cuccinelli’s government telephones were “reset” after they left office.

Wolf tweeted on Thursday that he had complied with all data retention laws.

“I complied with all data retention laws and returned all my equipment fully loaded to the Department. Full stop,” Wolf said on Twitter. “DHS has all my texts, emails, phone logs, schedules, etc. Any issues with missing data needs to be addressed to DHS. To imply otherwise is lazy reporting.”

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