On January 6th 2021, once the violent rioters had breached the U.S. Capitol and were calling to “Hang Mike Pence”, the Secret Service attempted to take then-VP Pence to a ‘secure location’. Pence refused, saying “I’m not getting in the car,” which Representative Jamie Raskin, a member of the January 6th Investigative Committee, calls the “six most chilling words of this entire thing I’ve seen so far.” Why? Because if Pence had gotten into the car and been whisked away to safety, he would not have been at the Capitol later that night to certify the results of the 2020 election and I honestly don’t know where we would be today.
Until recently, I had assumed that the Secret Service was just intent on doing their job, protecting Vice-President Pence’s life. I’m not a conspiracy theorist, don’t see evil lurking around every corner, so it never occurred to me that perhaps that was another part of the nefarious plan to overthrow the election results. But sharper minds than mine began putting pieces of the puzzle together and asking questions.
The Secret Service is under the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and answers to the DHS Office of the Inspector General, which had requested records of electronic communications from the Secret Service between January 5th and January 6th, 2021. But guess what? Those records – specifically those records – seem to have been erased! We are told that the agents’ texts were erased as part of a ‘device replacement program’, after the inspector general had requested them as part of his inquiry into the events of that day. How very damn convenient. Sorry, folks, I’m not buying it, and neither is Representative Bennie Thompson, chair of the January 6th committee and the House Homeland Security Committee.
“It’s concerning. It’s important for us to get as much information about how this discrepancy occurred.”
Stay tuned, for this one isn’t going to be easily swept under the rug.