News That Will Drive You To Drink

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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.

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8 Responses to News That Will Drive You To Drink

  1. Oneofthebobs says:

    It was clearly time to clean house when we learned how careful the SS was about cleaning their phones.

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  2. RevZafod says:

    My mother’s first cousin Russell “Buck” Daniel, who was Deputy Chief of the Secret Service in the late 1950’s would be ashamed of today’s Secret Service.

    Liked by 1 person

  3. Redhand says:

    When the Praetorian Guard starts participating in coups, it’s time to abolish it.

    Liked by 2 people

    • tengrain says:

      I was going to say exactly that, Redhand, but on the third try to spell “Praetorian” I dumbed it down because, well, I’m dumb.

      Rgds,

      TG

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      • Redhand says:

        Spell check saved me. But Emperor Constantine had it right when he abolished the Guard after the Battle of the Milvian Bridge.

        It’s time for the “Secret Service” to go. They have lost too much credibility after Trump, and I’m also sick of their “party it down with the local wimmin” escapades after one too many presidential trips. overseas. I do not trust the SS.

        Abolishing this brand of presidential security will be an object lesson for the inevitable Scholae Palatinae successors.

        P.S. I apologize for showing off — a little knowledge is a dangerous thing — but I do find the parallels between the Roman Empire and US of constant interest. And yeah, we’re in the modern 3rd Century A.D. as our empire wobbles and tries tearing itself apart. (Thank heavens Putin is doing an even worse job than we are.)

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  4. Zorba says:

    Reblogged this on Politicians Are Poody Heads and commented:

    Definitely time (past time) to clean house at the Secret Service and the FBI. Clean out the whole Department of Justice, too.

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  5. w3ski4me says:

    We just had a close to the bone insurrection. It is past time to clean out all law enforcement involved. Too many slip-ups, and too many missed needs. They failed the entire country, and it can’t just go on to business as usual now. Reward the few that did the job, like the Capitol Police officers that got their heads beat in for trying, and not the brass. Then expose and cut every department that failed. Too much secrecy in those departments too. I know what they say, but it always winds up being some kind of cabal. They need lots more public exposure and scrutiny.
    My 2 cents anyway.
    w3ski

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    • Cheryl says:

      I don’t disagree but who do you imagine to be a fresh pool of desirable applicants? Its possible at the federal level, I suppose, maybe because of pay, benefits and cachet (?) , but good luck at even the state level much less municipal LE.

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