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Not Again?! Texts Missing from Phones of Former Top Homeland Security Officials

Former Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf.

By Steve Neavling

Just weeks after the discovery that Secret Service text messages were deleted around the time of the Jan. 6 insurrection comes a new revelation: Phone records are missing for two former top Homeland Security officials.  

Text messages on the phones of former President Trump’s acting Homeland Security Secretary Chard Wolf and acting Deputy Secretary Ken Cuccinelli were lost in a “reset” of government phones, The Washington Post reports

The so-called reset occurred when the pair lost their jobs in January 2021. 

The discovery is bad news for investigators of the Jan. 6 insurrection who were hoping to find evidence on the phones of top Homeland Security officials. 

Earlier this month, the Secret Service said it was unable to recover deleted text messages from its agents phones around the time of the insurrection.

In other news Friday, U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray will “briefly” delay his retirement amid the scandal to help facilitate a smooth transition to the agency’s next director,” The Hill reports

New ATF Director Dettelbach Calls for Collaboration with Other Law Enforcement Agencies

ATF Director Steven Dettelbach

By Steve Neavling

New ATF Director Steven Dettelbach said collaboration with other law enforcement agencies is key to reducing gun violence. 

In an interview Thursday with GM3, Dettelbach said he was in New York to meet with other agencies.

“The days of ‘this is turf, that’s your turf’ are over in law enforcement. We work together.” 

He added, “Back when I started this business as a prosecutor, 30 years ago, there were eight different agencies doing the same thing in their own little task forces, in their own little units. We cannot do that anymore. We have to share intelligence and share bodies in real-time ways.”

Dettelbach also said that it’s important to prevent people convicted of crimes from committing again. 

“The No. 1 predictor in many cases of whether you’re going to do something violent and be a criminal is wether you have done it before,” he said. “We need to do a better job of making sure people aren’t recidivists.”

Dettelbach was sworn in on July 19, about a week after the U.S. Senate confirmed his appointment. As the agency’s first permanent leader since 2015, he said he owes it to his agents to defend them. 

“I feel a lot of obligation,” he said. “To do it is to stand up and fight for those (ATF) folks.”