Secret Service erased messages from Jan. 5 and 6, government watchdog says

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The Secret Service deleted text messages after they were requested as part of an inquiry into the attack on the U.S. Capitol last year. That's according to a letter sent by a government watchdog to the leaders of Homeland Security committees in the House and Senate.

The Secret Service insists it did not delete the messages between Jan. 5 and Jan. 6 in a malicious way but that there were lost in what it described as a “device-replacement program.”

Here & Now's Scott Tong talks with The Washington Post's political investigative reporter, Carol Leonnig, author of "Zero Fail: The Rise and Fall of the Secret Service," about the significance of the letter which was first reported by The Intercept.

This segment aired on July 15, 2022.


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