The perpetually scandal-plagued U.S. Secret Service deleted text messages on January 5 and 6, says Joseph V. Cuffari, head of the Department of Homeland Security's Office of Inspector General. Cuffari says he requested the text messages as part of an investigation into the Secret Service's highly suspicious behavior during the Capitol Insurrection of January 6.
"The Department notified us that many U.S. Secret Service (USSS) text messages, from January 5 and 6, 2021 were erased as part of a device-replacement program," Cuffari reported.
In addition to a reputation for fostering a culture of drunkenness, violence, and recklessness, the U.S. Secret Service is also well-known for deleting records and refusing to comply with investigators.
From The Washington Post:
The Secret Service has had a history of important records disappearing under cover of night and agency staff members refusing to cooperate when investigators came calling seeking information.
When a congressional committee was investigating assassinations and assassination attempts, it sought boxes of records that reportedly showed the Secret Service received ample advance warnings and threats before President John F. Kennedy's death that white supremacists and other organizations were plotting to kill Kennedy using high-powered rifles from tall buildings. The Secret Service told investigators the records had been destroyed as part of a normal culling of old archives — days after investigators had requested them.