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Well, we noted yesterday that the US Secret Service was wildly exposed for Obstruction, but we learn today that they might be insurrection co-conspirators:
Jan. 6 Capitol riot panel briefed on multiple calls between Secret Service and Oath Keepers, NBC News reports
- A member of the Secret Service had multiple phone calls in 2020 with members of the far-right militia group the Oath Keepers.
- The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot by Trump supporters has been briefed on those calls by the Secret Service, which is responsible for protecting presidents.
- The panel now has asked the agency for records of all contacts with the Oath Keepers up to Jan. 6, 2021.
- Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes is on trial for seditious conspiracy in connection with the Capitol riot.
Staff members of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot investigative committee have been briefed on multiple phone calls in 2020 between an agent in the Secret Service’s protective intelligence division and members of the Oath Keepers, a far-right militia group, NBC News reported Friday.
The House select committee on Friday requested from the Secret Service all records related to communications between the agency and the Oath Keepers, including any contacts leading up to and after the violent Jan. 6, 2021, invasion of the U.S. Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters, NBC reported.
The briefing to committee staff and subsequent records request was spurred by recent testimony at the ongoing federal criminal trial of Oath Keepers leader Stewart Rhodes, who is accused with other defendants of seditious conspiracy.
And there might be some nuance here:
Secret Service spokesperson Anthony Guglielmi told NBC earlier Friday that members of the Oath Keepers “reached out concerning logistics about demonstration areas and rules for attending Presidential events.”
“This is common activity between organized groups and advance agents,” Guglielmi said.
Opinions differ, as they say:
Frank Figliuzzi, a former assistant FBI director who currently is NBC’s national security analyst, told the news outlet that while it is common for law enforcement to speak with a protest group or a group acting as security for an event, regular contact with a militia group such as the Oath Keepers raises concerns.
The Secret Service, which is responsible for protecting the president, vice president and others, has been embarrassed this year by a series of controversies.
They include several agents being duped by men posing as Department of Homeland Security agents who provided them with pricey gifts; the revelation that the agency deleted agents’ cell-phone text messages that were sent around the time of the riot; and the failure to fully detail an auto accident involving a vehicle carrying Vice President Kamala Harris.
Time to clean house, methinks. This is an agency that is compromised, and needs to be re-thought. The FBI, too.