It happens both in Congress and in criminal investigators in the department of Justice seeks to bring together the efforts of the president and his allies to overthrow results of elections ended in Trump support rally turns into violent riots in halls of Congress.
Branch of The National Security Service notified the agency inspector general in at the end of February, the texts by Wolff and Cucinelli were lost. in “reboot” of them government phones when they left their work in January 2021 in preparation for in new The Biden administration, according to internal record received by the Project on State supervision and joint with Washington Post.
office of deputy secretary of the department of control also said government watchdog that text messages for this is boss Deputy Secretary of State Randolph “Tex” Alles. former Secret Service director also never ever available due to a previously scheduled phone reset.
office of Inspector General Joseph W. Cuffari at the time did not require department officials to explain why they did not retain these records, and did not look for ways to recover lost data, according to four people instructed on watchdog actions. Kuffari also failed warn Congress of potential destruction of government records.
Revelation comes on heels of discovery that text messages of Secret Service Agents critical direct witnesses to events leading up to January 6 – removed more how year back and may never recover.
news of their missing records set off firestorm because reports could confirm the version of a former White House aide describes the president’s condition of intelligence on January 6. AT one case, assistant, cassidy hutchinson said up official told her Trump was trying attack a senior Secret Service Agent who refused to see the president to the Capitol with his supporters go there.
In an almost identical scenario with this of texts by DHS leaders, Secret Service warned Kuffari office seven months ago in December 2021 when the agency removed thousands of text messages of agents and employees in reboot of the whole agency of government phones. Kuffari office did not notify Congress until mid-July despite pending requests from several congressional committees for these records.
Phone and text communication of Wolf and Cucinelli in in the days leading up by January 6 could significantly drop light on Trump’s actions plans. weeks before attack on Capitol, Trump put pressure on both men to help he is running for the 2020 election results were rigged and even hijacked the vote machines in key fluctuating states to try “re-run” selections.
“It is extremely worrying that issue of removed text messages related to January 6th attack on The Capitol is not limited to the Secret Service, but also including Chad Wolf and Ken Cuccinelli, who DHS was running at the time,” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Benny G. Thompson said. in statement.
“It appears the DHS Inspector General was aware of these deleted texts. for months, but failed notify Congress,” Thompson said. “Had the Inspector General informed Congress, we might have been able to obtain more accurate records from senior administration officials regarding one of the most tragic days in our democracy history”.
Neither Cuccinelli nor Wolf responded to inquiries. for comment. MNB office of The Inspector General did not immediately respond to inquiries for comment.
Opening of missing entries for senior officials managing the Department of National Security Service during final days of the Trump administration is raising new questions about what could be learned, and also about what other text messages and evidence may have been erased by the department and other agencies, in obvious violation of Federal Law on Registries.
Wolf and Cucinelli remained at DHS as Trump openly challenged the 2020 election. results, despite the fact that the agency has made efforts to help state and local governments safeguard the integrity of elections results.
Beginning in late December, numerous DHS intelligence units around the country were warning of extremely disturbing chatter in white nationalist and Trump supporter social media platforms that called for guns to come to the Trump rally on January 6, and using violence to prevent Biden from becoming president.
At the end of December, Trump was outraged in meeting of the Cabinet of Ministers, which its secretaries failed to properly help him to investigate a fraud that corruptly “gave” the election to Joe Biden but cited unsubstantiated claims. Trump fired Christopher Krebs, former director of Cyber Security and Infrastructure Security Agency, in tweet after Krebs denied Trump’s claims of widespread electoral fraud and complained that Wolf should quickly moved to force Krebs out.
On New Year’s Eve of 2020 Trump also called Cuccinelli to put pressure on him to stop voting machines in rocking states and help him to block a peaceful transmission of power. Trump falsely told him that the acting prosecutor general It was just said Cucinelli’s job was to capture the vote machines And you’re not doing your job.
Cucinelli was in Washington on day of in attack and toured the Capitol that night to assess the damage. The wolf was on en official trip to the Middle East.
After the Capitol attack, several deputies called for hearings on why DHS failed anticipate the threat Trump supporters pose to Congress on the day lawmakers and Vice President Mike Pence planned to certify the election results results.
Wolff resigned five days after attack on Capitol and cited “recent events as well as court rulings calling into question its legality to continue leading department as acting secretary for 14 months.
“Effectively 23:59 today, I’m advancing down Acting Secretary,” wrote Wolf. in message to the department. “I’m sad to take this step since I was going to serve the Department to the end of this Administration.
In an interview a few days later with Wolf Blitzer of CNN, outgoing acting secretary said Trump has some responsibility for in events of January 6.
“I was disappointed that the President did not speak out before on what. I think he had role to do this. I think, unfortunately, the administration has lost a little of moral high ground on this is issue not coming out before on this, he said of Trump does not immediately condemn violence.
Report of the Accounts Chamber of the Government in 2020 found that Wolf and Cucinelli were not eligible to serve in their positions because their appointments did not follow the proper order of succession, issue GAO cited DHS office of Chief Inspector.
Unlike Trump, Wolf did not contest the election results and said DHS was preparing for “an orderly and smooth transition to President-elect Biden’s DHS.” team”.
“Greet them, educate them and learn from them,” Wolf said at the time. “They are your leaders for in next four years, a period that will no doubt be full of challenges and opportunities show American public Meaning of DHS and why it is worth investments”.
The wolf became Trump’s friend. favorite DHS Secretary, Fourth President pick for Work in just four years in office. Trump promoted his first secretary John Kelly becomes head of the White House of staff, then pushed Kelly out of this work for does not match with his orders. He fired Kelly’s successor Kirsten Nielsen. for give up some of Trump’s demands for how to process migrants crossing the border, which Nielsen knew were illegal.
Nielsen’s third secretary, Kevin Macalinan, was disappointed way Trump tried to politicize the agency during his re-election and left after just seven months. Trump then named Wolf as his interim. secretary and found the fourth time was a charm. Wolf repeatedly touted Trump’s immigration record like a star and also expanded department personnel tamp down down Black Lives Matter protesters in Portland to help promote Trump’s message of law and order to voters.
Trump appoints Cucinelli key DHS roles after seeing him defend his immigration agenda on TV.
Trump’s allies still believe Wolf served him well. Wolf among the featured this month in en Axios article as someone Trump might ask to return to government service if trump successfully runs for the president in 2024.