U.S. Secret Service officials have handed over thousands of records to the House of Representatives panel investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, breach of the U.S. Capitol.
“We have provided a significant level of detail from emails, radio transmissions, Microsoft Teams chat messages and exhibits that address aspects of planning, operations and communications surrounding January 6th,” a spokesperson for the service told The Epoch Times via email.
The panel, dominated by Democrats, subpoenaed the Secret Service over the summer. It asked for all text messages from Jan. 6 and relating to the events that unfolded that day, as well as after-action reports.
The Secret Service has said that text messages sent on Jan. 5 and Jan. 6 were erased as part of a device replacement program but have denied allegations of malfeasance.
“It’s hard for people to understand, but we do not communicate via text message,” a spokesman said earlier this year. “It is in policy that you do not conduct business via text message.”
The agency said that it has not recovered any “additional text messages,” but Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told reporters this week that the files include texts from Jan. 5 and Jan. 6, after the service turned over just one message previously.
Thompson said he did not know where the messages were sourced, The Hill reported.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), a member of the committee, described the materials as “a large amount of documentary evidence,” some of which “is very pertinent.”
“There’s texts, there’s emails, there’s radio traffic, there’s all kinds of information. [Microsoft] Teams meetings,” she said on MSNBC. “We’re going through everything that’s been provided. More is coming in.”
The potential to try to have Tony Ornato testify, who helped protect former President Donald Trump during the breach and retired over the summer, will hinge on the review, according to Lofgren.
The panel is also considering other next steps, including whether to compel former Vice President Mike Pence to testify, and the timing of future public hearings.
Democrats in the House created the panel, and all members were chosen by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). Pelosi rejected some members picked by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), prompting McCarthy to pull his remaining choices.
Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) are the only Republicans on the panel. Both are virulently anti-Trump, and both are set to leave office in January after Cheney lost in the Republican primary for the seat she holds. Kinzinger had already announced he was retiring after the current term.