The Washington Post reports that more texts that might have provided important evidence for the January 6th investigation have gone missing, and the details sure sound familiar:
Text messages for President Donald Trump’s acting homeland security secretary Chad Wolf and acting deputy secretary Ken Cuccinelli are missing for a key period leading up to the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to four people briefed on the matter and internal emails.
This discovery of missing records for the senior-most Homeland Security officials, which has not been previously reported, increases the volume of potential evidence that has vanished regarding the time around the Capitol attack…
The Department of Homeland Security notified the agency’s inspector general in late February that Wolf’s and Cuccinelli’s texts were lost in a “reset” of their government phones when they left their jobs in January 2021 in preparation for the new Biden administration, according to an internal record obtained by the Project on Government Oversight and shared with The Washington Post.
Just as in the case of the vanishing Secret Service texts, DHS Inspector General Cuffari failed to get to the bottom of why the texts were deleted and failed to notify Congress about the missing data. Interestingly, Cuffari joined DHS as IG during the Trump administration. He is a former policy advisor to AZ governors Ducey and Brewer.
Following an administration as thoroughly corrupt as Trump’s, I imagine it takes a while to de-rat the woodpile. Reps. Thompson and Maloney already requested that Cuffari recuse from the Secret Service investigation because they question his ability to conduct an independent and competent investigation. Now that Cuffari has provided ample cause, lets hope he gets the boot from the agency altogether.