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House Jan. 6 Committee Subpoenas Secret Service over Deleted Text Messages

HeadlineJul 18, 2022

The House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol has subpoenaed the U.S. Secret Service for more information about text messages from January 5 and 6, 2021, that were reportedly erased or deleted. Last week, a government watchdog with the Homeland Security Department said in a letter to lawmakers that the erasure took place shortly after oversight officials requested electronic communications from the agency.

Meanwhile, The New York Times has revealed details about how a little-known right-wing attorney named William Olson urged Trump to effectively declare martial law in December of 2020 as part of a sweeping attempt to overturn the election.
The House January 6 committee will hold its final scheduled public hearing on Thursday. The hearing will focus on Donald Trump’s 187 minutes of inaction on January 6 when his supporters stormed the Capitol after he gave a speech near the White House. Democracy Now! will stream the hearing live at 8 p.m. Eastern at democracynow.org.

In related news, jury selection is expected to begin today in the trial of former Trump adviser Steve Bannon for criminal contempt of Congress.

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