The Washington Post reported late Thursday night that Homeland Security Inspector General Joseph V. Cuffari has known since late February of this year that phone texts of Trump’s Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf and his Deputy Ken Cuccinelli were deleted in the same “phone reset” as those of Secret Service agents detailed to the former shit President, and that Cuffari failed to notify Congress of these developments until mid July.
Homeland Security has purview over the Secret Service of course, so it really is not much of a surprise that its head guy, Chad Wolf, one of Trump’s favorite “acting” officials, might have had embarrassing evidence related to January 6th on his phone.
Wolf, you might remember was the architect of the “family separation” policy implemented by former DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen. Nielsen, perhaps inevitably, clashed with Trump, and her resignation in April of 2019 cleared the way for Wolf’s eventual elevation to the role of DHS “acting” Secretary.
“The telephone and text communications of Wolf and Cuccinelli in the days leading up to Jan. 6 could have shed considerable light on Trump’s actions and plans. In the weeks before the attack on the Capitol, Trump had been pressuring both men to help him claim the 2020 election results were rigged and even to seize voting machines in key swing states to try to “re-run” the election.
“It is extremely troubling that the issue of deleted text messages related to the January 6 attack on the Capitol is not limited to the Secret Service, but also includes Chad Wolf and Ken Cuccinelli, who were running DHS at the time,” House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Bennie G. Thompson said in a statement.
“It appears the DHS Inspector General has known about these deleted texts for months but failed to notify Congress,” Thompson said. “If the Inspector General had informed Congress, we may have been able to get better records from Senior administration officials regarding one of the most tragic days in our democracy’s history.”
So, it seems to this reporter, Trump, having failed to enlist the military in his scheme to subvert democracy by seizing voting machines and initiating a “do-over” of the election turned to his Department of Homeland Security, who, after all, had been so good at locking up migrant kids, to do this particular bit of dirty work for him.
How Wolf and Cuccinelli reacted to this ask, and indeed the words of der Gropinfuhrer himself in making it, seem quite likely to be the contents of the deleted messages, which DHS IG Cuffari would have us believe are irretrievably lost somewhere outside the space time continuum, but which many think are subject to recovery.
Be that as it may it is time to get Wolf, Cuccinelli and Cuffari under oath and find out what they know.
“The discovery of missing records for the top officials running the Department of Homeland Security during the final days of the Trump administration raises new questions about what could have been learned, and also about what other text messages and evidence the department and other agencies may have erased, in apparent violation of the Federal Records Act.”
The seminal question of the January 6th investigation may well become:
“What did you know and when did you erase it?”