Watchdog briefs Jan. 6 panel on erased Secret Service texts

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The watchdog for the Department of Homeland Security has briefed all 9 members of the House January 6th committee about the deletion of Secret Service tax from the days around the riot I'm Ben Thomas with the latest The closed door briefing came after the DHS inspector general sent letters to members of Congress stating that Secret Service agents erased messages that were exchanged between January 5th and January 6th 2021 The deletion was described as part of a device for placement program but it came after the watchdog office requested records from the agents as part of its probe into events surrounding the January 6th attack The Secret Service insists proper procedures were followed and a spokesman says the idea that the texts were maliciously deleted is false He says the agency has been fully cooperating with the inspector general's investigation Ben Thomas Washington

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