The Secret Service was well aware of the potential violence on January 6th, including death threats to members of Congress, according to documents obtained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).
The federal security agency has come under intense scrutiny during the House Select Committee’s investigation into the violent attack. Deleted text messages on the day before and of the Capitol riot, and subsequent incriminating electronic communications during the panel’s most recent televised hearing, suggest that some agents may have been complicit – or complacent – in the attempted coup.
During the insurrection, right-wing propaganda network Newsmax received a voicemail from an unnamed source warning that Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), would be shot. However, it would be over an hour before the security threat was forwarded to the Capitol Police.
“Right-wing news channel Newsmax received a voicemail suggesting a shooting threat against Schumer shortly before 4 pm on January 6, roughly an hour after the Senate chamber had been breached and well before law enforcement was able to clear them out. A Newsmax editor emailed the voicemail to the Secret Service at 3:59 pm, indicating the timestamp at which the threat was made. The Secret Service forwarded the message to the agency’s Protective Intelligence and Assessment Division (PID) approximately 10 minutes later. US Capitol Police did not receive the voicemail from PID until more than an hour after Newsmax had sent it,” CREW reported in its investigation.
In August, CREW reported that threats against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), were withheld until the middle of the attack, despite the USSS being alerted at least two days before.
Department of Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and his acting deputy Ken Cuccinelli were among agents who had their electronic communications deleted during a “data reset” of their government-issued phones, despite instructions to preserve them.
According to The Washington Post:
“It is extremely troubling that the issue of deleted text messages related to the January 6 attack on the Capitol is not limited to the Secret Service, but also includes Chad Wolf and Ken Cuccinelli, who were running DHS at the time,” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) said in a statement.
“It appears the DHS Inspector General has known about these deleted texts for months but failed to notify Congress,” Thompson said. “If the Inspector General had informed Congress, we may have been able to get better records from Senior administration officials regarding one of the most tragic days in our democracy’s history.”
The emails obtained by CREW are troubling, revealing a lack of urgency surrounding violent threats against Sen. Schumer, then-President-elect Joe Biden, and Madame Speaker.
As far back as December, credible threats were forwarded to the Secret Service, which failed to act. The US Secret Service has betrayed not only their oaths with their wanton negligence but has also betrayed their duty to the American people.
Read the Secret Service emails here.
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