Notably, the sources also said that Department of Homeland Security Inspector General Joseph Caffrey made no genuine effort to find out why the texts from Wolff, Cuccinelli, or Alles disappeared, nor did he “address the missing data.” Find ways to recover.” And perhaps most importantly, Kafre did not inform Congress that the records might have been lost when he first learned of them.
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“It appears that the DHS Inspector General has known about these deleted texts for months but failed to notify Congress. If the inspector general had notified Congress, we might have been able to get a better record from senior administration officials about one of the most tragic days in the history of our democracy,” Benny Thompson, chairman of the Jan. 6 Select Committee, said Thursday. said to
Wolf slapped post’“It was hard to know where to start making mistakes,” reported the report via tweet late Thursday.
Amid complaints that he was not given enough time to respond to the comment, Wolff said:
“I complied with all data retention laws and returned all my equipment to the department in full. full stop DHS has all my texts, emails, phone logs, schedules, etc. Any issues with missing data need to be addressed to DHS. For more meaning is lazy reporting. “
Leonig responded publicly on Friday, denying the report was false.
Kafri did not immediately return a request for comment to The Daily Kos on Friday.
According to records obtained by the Project on Government Oversight, Kafri failed to contact Congress about the missing DHS records for more than five months. All this happened in spite of the Department of Homeland Security and many others Other agencies receiving express directives from Congress to preserve records 10 days after a capital attack.
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By law, Cuffari is required to notify Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, the head of DHS, when he becomes aware of any abuse, perceived or otherwise, in system operations.
When it first emerged that the Secret Service text messages had gone missing on January 6, Kafri told members of the selection committee. He told them, according to Chairman Thompson, that he had taken his concerns about the missing Secret Service texts to Mayorkas, but with no response. Meyerkas then told Kafre to continue leaning on the Secret Service to prepare the records.
A spokesman for the Department of Homeland Security did not immediately return a request for comment Thursday.
During that briefing, Thompson also said that Kafre told him that he did not feel that the Secret Service was fully cooperating.
Kafri’s performance as inspector general has been marred by problems: He has come under internal investigation for retaliation against an employee who criticized him and sexual harassment and abuse that spanned more than a year within the agency. had failed to report An internal survey of DHS staff obtained by the Project on Government Oversight found that more than 10,000 DHS employees said they experienced harassment on the job.
On Thursday, Daily Kos reported that Wolff was in talks with members of the January 6 inquiry for his testimony before the panel. Committee investigators are seeking details about internal discussions surrounding calls to remove Trump through the 25th Amendment after the rebellion. Both Wolff and Cuccinelli were asked to voluntarily cooperate with the investigation last fall.
A spokesman for the committee declined to comment.
Several members of former President Donald Trump’s cabinet have been asked to sit for interviews or appear for a transcript interview in recent days. Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is expected to meet with the committee before the week is out. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin met with investigators on Thursday and was told that Mick Mulvaney, former US Special Ireland’s ambassador also met the committee on Thursday. Cabinet officials such as former Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao and former Education Secretary Betsy DeVos may also be in the mix for support. Both Chao and DeVos resigned shortly after the Capitol attack.
Wolf resigned on January 11, 2021. In a letter to staff, he said his resignation was “vindicated by recent events” and highlighted “ongoing and meritless court decisions” challenging the validity of his authority as executive secretary.
He said it took too much of his attention away from the job.
After heavy churn on the department, Wolfe slipped into an acting role. Her predecessors, Homeland Security Secretaries Kirstjen Nielsen and Kevin McLennan, left the post amid heightened tensions with Trump. Just seven months after McLennan resigned and less than two weeks after he left, he expressed his frustration in an interview. The Washington Post.
“What I do not have control over is the tone, message, public face, and approach of the department in an increasingly polarized time. It’s uncomfortable, as the accountable, senior figure,” McLennan said.
Once he was gone, Wolff took over and remained in the role as acting secretary, meaning he did not need Senate confirmation. Trump went through four different DHS secretaries during his single-term presidency. He told Face the Nation that he liked being in the place of “acting” officials because he had more control over them.
In 2020, the Government Accountability Office determined that Wolff was technically unfit to serve as executive secretary of the vast department. Rules of succession were not followed. It also meant that Ken Cuccinelli, Wolff’s deputy, was also miscast in his role.
Their cooperation with the committee and access to their texts is important because both were regularly in Trump’s circle until January 6.
Trump aired his frustrations to Wolff during a cabinet meeting in December 2020, reportedly angry that members of his administration were not doing enough to push his election fraud lies. Trump fired Chris Krebs, the head of the nation’s cybersecurity agency, two weeks after the election after Krebs dismissed allegations of fraud against him. Meanwhile, one of Trump’s campaign lawyers, Joe DiGenova, a right-wing talk show, said that Krebs should be “drawn and quartered” and “taken out at dawn and shot.”
Trump also pressed Cuccinelli in a phone call in late December 2020. Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, Cuccinelli called to ask questions about confiscation of voting machines in swing states.
When it comes to Jan. 6, Wolff has openly said he was “disappointed” Trump “didn’t speak quickly enough” to stop the violence on Jan. 6, but he did not strongly condemn the former president.
“I think he had a role in doing that. I think, unfortunately, the administration has lost a little bit of the moral high ground on this issue by not coming out sooner,” Wolf said.
A light touch is perceptible; Wolff could still compete for a spot in a future Trump administration.
Trump ally Republican Jim Jordan, an Ohio Republican, told Axios this week that he could see Wolf being welcomed into the new Trump administration with open arms. Wolff, Jordan said, “secured the border” and knew how to lead the agency “right.”
An investigation into the missing Secret Service texts began Jan. 5 and Jan. 6 and concluded last week. DHS Inspector General Deputy Gladys Ayala directed the Secret Service to halt its internal investigation into the deleted messages so it “does not interfere with an ongoing criminal investigation.”
“To ensure the integrity of our investigation, the USSS must not engage in any other investigative activities related to the collection and handling of evidence referred to above. This includes immediately refraining from interviewing potential witnesses, including collecting or taking any other action that would interfere with an ongoing criminal investigation,” Ayala wrote to Secret Service Director James Murray.
The Secret Service text messages were sought as committee members hoped to further corroborate the testimony of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson. Hutchinson testified under oath that the former president lunged at a Secret Service agent who refused to drive him to the Capitol after his speech on the Oval.
Hutchinson also testified under oath that House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy harassed him after hearing Trump call for his supporters to march on the Capitol during his Jan. 6 speech on the Oval.
Hutchinson, who served as an aide to former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, told the panel that McCarthy told him: “The president just said he was marching on the Capitol. You told me this whole week that you weren’t coming. Why would you lie to me?”
On Friday, during a press conference, McCarthy said he did not remember the conversation.
“If I spoke to him, I don’t remember it. If it was coming here, I don’t think I wanted a lot of people coming to the Capitol. But I don’t remember the conversation,” he said.
McCarthy added that he did not watch Trump’s Jan. 6 speech at the Ellipse.
“I was working. So I didn’t see what was said, I didn’t see what happened, until after the fact,” he said.