Capitol riot exploitation committee tells Secret Service watchdog to “step aside”

Source: Business Insider

“The House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the US Capitol urged a Secret Service watchdog to stand down on Monday after reports suggested that it knew about deleted text messages long before notifying lawmakers. In a letter sent by Reps Carolyn Maloney and Bennie Thompson to the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General Joseph Cuffari and reviewed by Insider, the lawmakers accused Cuffari of orchestrating an attempt to ‘cover up’ the text messages and asked him to ‘step aside’ from the investigation. Maloney and Thompson wrote that the letter came after reports that Cuffari’s office knew about the deleted text messages for months earlier than was previously revealed. The letter said Cuffari, who was nominated to his post by former president Donald Trump, ‘failed to notify’ Congress about the missing texts and ‘deliberately’ chose not to pursue the evidence.” (08/02/22)