The congressional panel investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol said it uncovered a trove of Secret Service documents after the agency faced backlash for suppressing messages between agents.
Members of the Jan. 6 committee said Wednesday they had recently obtained radio traffic recordings, text messages and other evidence from the Secret Service after pressing the agency over the summer for information. Although tight-lipped about the contents of the documents, committee members said they provided new information about the deadly attack on the Capitol as the panel sought to wrap up its work.
“It’s a combination of a number of text messages, radio traffic, that sort of thing. Thousands of exposures,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat who chairs the committee, told reporters, according to Bloomberg. .
Saying that committee staff members are reviewing the documents, Thompson did not disclose whether the information included text messages from January 5 and 6, which were allegedly lost or deleted.
California Rep. Zoe Lofgren, a member of the Jan. 6 committee, told MSNBC’s Nicolle Wallace on Wednesday that the committee was still seeking additional testimony from Tony Ornato, a Secret Service official who was allegedly with then-President Donald Trump, as the Capitol riot unfolded. Ornato, who has since resigned and obtained a private attorney, has already spoken to the committee behind closed doors.
“We will do this in an orderly fashion when we have had the opportunity to review the vast amount of documentary evidence that has now come in from the Secret Service,” Lofgren said. “It is important that we get this information reviewed before questioning him again.”
Gathered to examine the build-up to the Jan. 6 riot, the committee recently turned its attention to the possible role Trump and his allies played in the rampage of the Capitol by Trump supporters as Congress certified the presidential election. of 2020.
Best known for protecting the president, the Secret Service drew attention when former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson testified before the committee. She testified that Ornato told her that Trump tried to grab the wheel of the presidential limo after his security guards refused to take him to the Capitol as the crowd stormed the building.
The Secret Service drew more attention in July after an inspector general told Congress the agency improperly deleted text messages sought by the government watchdog. The House Jan. 6 Committee also called for text messages to be sent between officers on Jan. 5 and 6.
“We have and continue to cooperate fully with the January 6 Select Committee,” Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said. Newsweek in an email. “While no additional text messages were recovered, we have provided a significant level of detail from emails, radio transmissions, Microsoft Teams chat messages and exhibits that address aspects of the planning, operations and communications around January 6.”
Lofgren, a Democrat, said committee rules prevented her from saying too much, but said some of the new information was “very relevant.”
“There are texts, there are emails, there are radio tracks, there are all kinds of information. So we go through everything that has been provided. More are coming. As I l I said, some of them are irrelevant and some of them And it’s a huge job to do, but we’re going to do it. And the members of the committee themselves have been involved in this. And we hopefully this will be over soon.
Newsweek contacted the January 6 committee for comment.