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Wednesday, August 03, 2022

The Department of Defense (DOD) failed to retain text messages from a number of its top officials relating to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot because it wiped their phones during the transition, a watchdog group that sued for the records disclosed Tuesday.

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"American Oversight sent a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland to investigate, noting that each official's phone appears to have been wiped after their records request was filed.

"DOD has apparently deleted messages from top DOD and Army officials responsive to pending FOIA requests that could have shed light on the actions of top Trump administration officials on the day of the failed insurrection," Heather Sawyer, the groups executive director, wrote in the letter, referring to the Freedom of Information Act.

"American Oversight accordingly urges you to investigate DOD's actions in allowing the destruction of records potentially relevant to this significant matter of national attention and historical importance."

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So much for that "no Nazis in the military" stuff.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-02 10:48 PM | Reply

^^ Never saw a nazi he didn't hump.

#2 | Posted by SheepleSchism at 2022-08-02 10:50 PM | Reply

Pissant Sheep... what'll they think of next?

#3 | Posted by Corky at 2022-08-02 10:57 PM | Reply

Ohhhh... this whole "wiping phones" thing just seems to get worse and worse.

At some point, someone somewhere decided that wiping the phones, i.e., "disappearing the messages" would have less ramifications than the actual messages that were wiped.

And, imo, that's never a good thing.

#4 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-02 11:15 PM | Reply

Like, with a cloth?

#5 | Posted by Mao_Content at 2022-08-02 11:30 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

This is why everyone involved in the insurrection should have been arrested the moment Biden took office. Taking your time to build a case also gives criminals time to cover their tracks.

#6 | Posted by JOE at 2022-08-02 11:36 PM | Reply

@#6 ... everyone involved in the insurrection should have been arrested the moment Biden took office.....

You cannot just arrest people, just because.

... gives criminals time to cover their tracks. ...

But many times, it is the covering of tracks that is the crime that gets the penalty.

So why not give the possible criminals more time to dig their hole even deeper?


#7 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-02 11:55 PM | Reply

It's not complicated: Cover-ups are SOP when there's something to hide. This is a cover-up.

#8 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2022-08-03 04:52 AM | Reply

You cannot just arrest people, just because.

Nobody said to do that, genius.

many times, it is the covering of tracks that is the crime that gets the penalty.

Ah yes, Garland's brilliant plan is to wait so many years after the insurrection occurred that he can get some IT guys thrown in prison for erasing phones.

#9 | Posted by JOE at 2022-08-03 05:43 AM | Reply

"Former acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller is one of the key Trump officials whose text messages were deleted after they left their positions."

Somebody needs to be looking into this guy Miller and the memo he sent restricting the DC National Guard two days before 1/6:

I am still shocked this document is not getting more media attention and being broken down in parts and investigated.

This is 2 days before January 6 and it guarantees people will be hurt, maimed and die on January 6 and that is exactly what happened.

twitter.com

#10 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2022-08-03 09:15 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

So much "...if-you-got-nuttin-to-hide-ism" sitting on the bench, cold and lonely waiting for the defendants-to-be to welcome a full prosecutorial investigation with oaths.

If they are not under oath, they are not even going to squirm a little.

The coverup is out in plain sight.

But her emails...

#11 | Posted by oldwhiskeysour at 2022-08-03 09:18 AM | Reply

... Text messages between several top officials in the Department of Defense and the Army were deleted ...

The contents of these missing text messages must have been really damaging for there seem to be such a coordinated mass deletion of them.

What might they be trying to hide?


#12 | Posted by LampLighter at 2022-08-03 11:33 AM | Reply

I thought the whole point of having the NSA was so we have copies of these texts.

Is the NSA part of the Deplorable State too?

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-08-03 11:35 AM | Reply

^^ Never saw a nazi he didn't hump.

#2 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM A

Better stay away from him then.

#14 | Posted by Zed at 2022-08-03 04:01 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

Maybe it's just a weird coincidence that the government agencies entrusted with, say, protecting the integrity of the peaceful transfer of power happened to lose all the possible evidence of said agencies' attempts to instead protect conspirators working to prevent said peaceful transfer of power.

#15 | Posted by cbob at 2022-08-03 04:05 PM | Reply

BUT... BUT... BUT... HER EMAILS!!!

Oh, this is not about Hillary? Conservatives won't give a crap.

#16 | Posted by gtbritishskull at 2022-08-03 04:18 PM | Reply

This is a cover-up.

#8 | POSTED BY DOC_SARVIS AT 2022-08-03 04:52 AM | REPLY | FLAG

I agree. But I'm not going to assume who's doing the covering up.

I'm no IT professional by a long shot but I'm pretty sure my own texts are recoverable even if I smash my device with a hammer or wipe it with a cloth.

#17 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2022-08-03 04:22 PM | Reply | Funny: 3

I agree. But I'm not going to assume who's doing the covering up.

#17 | Posted by lfthndthrds

You can't make an educated guess?

Who would want to bury what happened on 1/6?

Here's a hint - it's not antifa.

#18 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-03 05:12 PM | Reply

Who would want to bury what happened on 1/6?

Here's a hint - it's not antifa.

#18 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2022-08-03 05:12 PM | FLAG:

Hunter Biden?

#19 | Posted by cbob at 2022-08-03 05:17 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

"I'm no IT professional by a long shot but I stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night"

#17 | POSTED BY LFTHNDTHRDS

#20 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-08-03 05:43 PM | Reply

Too bad I can't call them stupid whores without getting censored.

#21 | Posted by RightisTrite at 2022-08-03 05:45 PM | Reply

You think that's bad, try writing a witty headline.

#22 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2022-08-03 05:51 PM | Reply

I am still shocked this document is not getting more media attention

The DoJ has proven themselves to be incompetent, geriatric fools who seem to believe Trump's goons are going to put the country ahead of their own fascist party.

Between signed documents of treason and hours of footage inciting the 1/6 insurrection. There should have been arrests immediately following 1/6.

Democrats fkkked up. As usual.

#23 | Posted by ClownShack at 2022-08-03 05:55 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

The appearance of impropriety suggest malfeasance.

#24 | Posted by fresno500 at 2022-08-03 06:06 PM | Reply

There should have been arrests immediately following 1/6.

Democrats fkkked up. As usual.

Democrats were not in charge "immediately following 1/6." Democrats still are not in charge of the DOJ. They have nominated and approved their choices to the Senate-confirmed leadership positions, but unlike Trump, Democrats do not order independent law enforcement officials to do anything but perform their jobs professionally and to their constitutional duty.

1/6 cases are not slam dunks and they're not simple due to who violated laws and what positions they held when they did. Many of these people have legal protections and arguments that simple criminals don't. All of this has to be taken into consideration and evidence has to be presented to grand juries who themselves have to hand down indictments.

In my view, these things are happening, and the more time it's taking, the stronger the cases will be once indictments are handed down. To me, this is a feature, not a bug. It will only be a bug if nothing ever happens, but I sincerely doubt that will be the case.

#25 | Posted by tonyroma at 2022-08-03 06:06 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Democrats do not order independent law enforcement officials to do anything but perform their jobs professionally and to their constitutional duty.

#25 | Posted by tonyroma

No one should have to ORDER the DOJ to investigate 1/6 and anyone who tried to cover up what happened. Any AG who deserves the job would have started that investigation day 1. As well as prosecuting trump for the 10 times he obstructed justice during the mueller investigation.

#26 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-03 06:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

#20 | POSTED BY LEGALLYYOURDEAD AT 2022-08-03 05:43 PM | FLAG:

You're also not a professional gastroenterologist but I hear you give free exams.

#27 | Posted by lfthndthrds at 2022-08-03 11:05 PM | Reply

The law and order celebrity appresident tells his people to ignore subpoenas, send an armed mob to the Capitol to attack it, flushes documents down the -------, steals classified intel and then his inner circle ALL wipe their cellphones.

Nothing to see here.

#28 | Posted by Nixon at 2022-08-04 07:17 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta joins Andrea Mitchell to discuss the court filing that shows top Trump Pentagon officials' phones were wiped of text messages from January 6. "This is another major concern that obviously officials out of the Trump administration were taking steps to make sure that potential evidence involved in January 6 would not be there," says Panetta. "I don't think there's any question that when you go from agency to agency and find out that key messages have been deleted, something's going on here that resembles very clearly a conspiracy."

www.msnbc.com

#29 | Posted by qcp at 2022-08-04 10:39 AM | Reply

As well as prosecuting trump for the 10 times he obstructed justice during the mueller investigation.

#26 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2022-08-03 06:21 PM | FLAG:
(CHOOSE)

Let me guess, he was holding up the 3 year trial because he disputed the evidence created by the Democratic party that started it all consisting of the pee tape? Or maybe he was waiting for the overwhelming evidence for three years that Adam Schiff swore he had but could never produce? All you need to know is one big part of the obstruction argument is that Trump publicly dismissed the investigation. Hmmm, I wonder why?

#30 | Posted by fishpaw at 2022-08-04 12:40 PM | Reply

Trump fired and replaced a bunch of top brass right around Jan 6, right?

I guess thus is why. To help with the coup attempt.

#31 | Posted by snoofy at 2022-08-04 12:50 PM | Reply

consisting of the pee tape?

#30 | POSTED BY FISHPAW

With all that we know Trump has done, why dismiss the existence of a pee tape?

But really----If such is produced, you're still a Trump man.

#32 | Posted by Zed at 2022-08-04 12:54 PM | Reply

It's apparently a 'thing' nowadays, so what's the problem??? Oh, that's right, this one concerns trump so now you lefties care.....

Strzok, Page Mobile Phones Wiped, Reset After Stint on Mueller Probe www.theepochtimes.com

Members of Mueller's team wiped' phones during Trump probe: DOJ
nypost.com

According to FBI documents made public in 2016, one of Clinton's aides twice disposed of her old mobile devices by "breaking them in half or destroying them with a hammer."

#33 | Posted by MSgt at 2022-08-04 12:55 PM | Reply

As well as prosecuting trump for the 10 times he obstructed justice during the mueller investigation.

#26 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2022-08-03 06:21 PM | FLAG:
(CHOOSE)

Let me guess, he was holding up the 3 year trial because he disputed the evidence created by the Democratic party that started it all consisting of the pee tape? Or maybe he was waiting for the overwhelming evidence for three years that Adam Schiff swore he had but could never produce? All you need to know is one big part of the obstruction argument is that Trump publicly dismissed the investigation. Hmmm, I wonder why?

#30 | Posted by fishpaw

He obstructed the investigation 10 times. The mueller report proved it.
How does the democratic party CREATE evidence? Did they CREATE the meeting between trump jr and the russians? Did they CREATE Trump rewriting the GOP platform to let putin keep crimea? Did they CREATE trump hiring a russian operative as his campaign manager? Did they CREATE trump's false denials about having any business in russia? Did they CREATE trump sharing polling data with putin? Those are all facts. They weren't CREATED by anyone but trump.

#34 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-04 12:59 PM | Reply

Members of Mueller's team wiped' phones during Trump probe: DOJ
nypost.com

#33 | Posted by MSgt

So what? What do you think that proves? That they know they had to take security seriously because russians were likely trying to hack their devices?

Were they ordered to preserve all communications, then defied the order to bury evidence, like trump's enablers did? Were the communications about a day that will live in infamy like 1/6 or 9/11?

#35 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-04 01:03 PM | Reply

He obstructed the investigation 10 times. The mueller report proved it.
#34 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2022-08-04 12:59 PM | FLAG:

They did not prove it, Mueller said obstruction was not part of his investigation but recommended Congress investigate it if they want. And you have to be brain dead to think if there was obstruction the Dems wouldn't have investigated. They knew they didn't have a case and knew if they didn't do anything the story would always remain just as you're saying, that he obstructed.

#36 | Posted by fishpaw at 2022-08-04 01:35 PM | Reply

Were the communications about a day that will live in infamy like 1/6 or 9/11?

#35 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2022-08-04 01:03 PM | FLAG:
(CHOOSE)

Please, your Drama Queen audition is not going well. Why didn't you throw in Pearl Harbor or the Civil War for some more effect?

#37 | Posted by fishpaw at 2022-08-04 01:37 PM | Reply

Mueller said obstruction was not part of his investigation but recommended Congress investigate it if they want.

He went well beyond that, painstakingly going through each element of the obstruction offense and explaining how each one was met by Trump's conduct.

But you'll never admit that; you're too much of a Trumpcuck.

#38 | Posted by JOE at 2022-08-04 01:41 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

They did not prove it, Mueller said obstruction was not part of his investigation but recommended Congress investigate it if they want. And you have to be brain dead to think if there was obstruction the Dems wouldn't have investigated. They knew they didn't have a case and knew if they didn't do anything the story would always remain just as you're saying, that he obstructed.

#36 | Posted by fishpaw

Wrong. Mueller said there were cases of obstruction but you can't prosecute a sitting president. Well he's no longer a sitting president and the statute of limitations haven't expired. BTW why did trump need to obstruct the mueller investigation if he was so innocent?

#39 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-04 01:50 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Please, your Drama Queen audition is not going well. Why didn't you throw in Pearl Harbor or the Civil War for some more effect?

#37 | Posted by fishpaw

Pearl harbor was a foreign attack that unified our nation. The civil war is closer but it wasn't a 1 day event like 1/6.

What's it like to support the only political party that ever tried to overthrow democracy?

#40 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-04 01:52 PM | Reply

#38 Ok, if it was so clear cut why didn't Congress go further with it? Because they liked him? The obstruction offences were for the most part related to Trump not shutting up about it in public. He was pissed and claimed it was undermining his Presidency and he couldn't effectively conduct foreign policy because of it. He knew all along that is was a BS investigation and Mueller proved it was and since then it was proven that the Dems paid for the Steel Dossier BS so he had a right to be pissed. Dems did this to undermine his Presidency knowing that uninformed shills like you would fall for it hook line and sinker. Congrats to them, it worked because you're still crying about it.

#41 | Posted by fishpaw at 2022-08-04 01:57 PM | Reply

BTW why did trump need to obstruct the mueller investigation if he was so innocent?

#39 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2022-08-04 01:50 PM | FLAG:
(CHOOSE)

He didn't obstruct. He complained about it publicly but the investigation went on. Not obstruction.

#42 | Posted by fishpaw at 2022-08-04 02:00 PM | Reply

What's it like to support the only political party that ever tried to overthrow democracy?

#40 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY AT 2022-08-04 01:52 PM | FLAG:
(CHOOSE)

Oh good you are back to the Mueller investigation, trying to unseat a duly elected president with false evidence created by the opposing party. Yes what is it like?

#43 | Posted by fishpaw at 2022-08-04 02:02 PM | Reply

Ok, if it was so clear cut why didn't Congress go further with it?

Congress can't charge him with a crime, --------. Your ire is directed toward Merrick Garland, and i share your question, though not for the same reason. Just because our AG is impotent doesnt mean Trump didn't commit obstruction.

#44 | Posted by JOE at 2022-08-04 02:04 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

^^ Never saw a nazi he didn't hump.

#2 | POSTED BY SHEEPLESCHISM AT 2022-08-02 10:50 PM | FLAG:
(CHOOSE)

Ahh, a Putin Pedophile - "Never saw a child he didn't molest".

#45 | Posted by Enlightened at 2022-08-04 02:26 PM | Reply

He didn't obstruct. He complained about it publicly but the investigation went on. Not obstruction.

#42 | Posted by fishpaw

You could read this list but you wont. You'll choose to remain ignorant.

www.cbsnews.com
"10 times Trump may have obstructed justice, according to Mueller"

#46 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-04 02:30 PM | Reply

Oh good you are back to the Mueller investigation, trying to unseat a duly elected president with false evidence created by the opposing party. Yes what is it like?

#43 | Posted by fishpaw at

Yeah he was duly elected while colluding with hostile nations for their help.

Why was trump sharing his polling data with putin? Why did he choose a campaign manager who had been installing putin operatives across europe for years? Why did he rewrite the GOP platform to let putin keep crimea? Why did he try to lift the sanctions on russia? Why did he lie about not having any business deals in russia? Why did he refuse to testify under oath?

#47 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-04 02:32 PM | Reply

Like DOD does not follow or exceed NIST 800-53 guidelines for data storage.

This is a coverup. Plain and simple.

#48 | Posted by fresno500 at 2022-08-04 02:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Why was trump sharing his polling data with putin? Why did he choose a campaign manager who had been installing putin operatives across europe for years? Why did he rewrite the GOP platform to let putin keep crimea? Why did he try to lift the sanctions on russia? Why did he lie about not having any business deals in russia? Why did he refuse to testify under oath?

#47 | Posted by SpeakSoftly

Where'd you run to fishpaw?

Funny how these questions are like RAID for trump supporters arguing that russiagate was a democrat hoax.

#49 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2022-08-04 06:32 PM | Reply

Army now acknowledges the brother of Michael Flynn was a part of Army response to Capitol riot
Washington CNN " The Army is now acknowledging that Lt. Gen. Charles Flynn, the brother of President Donald Trump's former national security adviser Michael Flynn, was in the room for one of the key January 6 phone calls in which DC government and US Capitol Police were asking for National Guard troops to quell the unfolding violence at the US Capitol.

The decision-making has come under scrutiny as city and Capitol Police officials have alleged that the Pentagon was slow to respond, while the Pentagon and Army maintain they never denied or delayed requests for the National Guard.

In official timelines released by the Department of Defense in the wake of the riot, Charles Flynn, the deputy chief of staff of the Army, was not listed as participating in any of the calls that day about mobilizing the National Guard to respond to the riot.

Evidence shows Capitol rioters brutally attacked police with flagpoles, fire extinguishers and fists
The Washington Post was the first to report Flynn's participation in the call.

"I entered the room after the call began and departed prior to the call ending, as I believed a decision was imminent from (then-Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy) and I needed to be in my office to assist in executing the decision," Flynn said in a statement released to CNN. There was no clear answer about how long Flynn was on the call or whether he contributed to the conversation.

The Washington Post reports that the Army "falsely denied for days that Lt. Gen. Charles A. Flynn" was involved in the key meetings. One of the officials who was on the call told CNN in the days following the insurrection at the Capitol that Flynn was not on the calls, but the military did not confirm his participation until Wednesday. ..


Mike Flynn's Brother Charlie Flynn Implicated in Jan 6th Memo Calling Them Absolute Liars'
.. "Every leader in the D.C. Guard wanted to respond and knew they could respond to the riot at the seat of government," Matthews' memo reads. "Instead, D.C. guard officials sat stunned watching in the Armory" as Trump supporters stormed the Capitol. Matthews sent the memo to the January 6th House Select Committee earlier this month and provided detailed recollections of the response to the riot by Gen. Charles Flynn, who was serving as deputy chief of staff for operations on that day, and Lt. Gen. Walter Piatt, the director of Army staff " who he called "absolute and unmitigated liars" for their own accounts of that day in congressional testimony.

The memo accuses both Flynn and Piatt of lying about their response to requests for the D.C. Guard to be quickly sent to help police at the Capitol, and claims the Pentagon inspector general issued a report last month that was "replete with factual inaccuracies," and he said the Army was trying to rewrite history with a document that's "worthy of the best Stalinist or North Korea propagandist." ..

#50 | Posted by redlightrobot at 2022-08-05 01:09 AM | Reply

time to recall Eisenhower, and his
warning to us about the Military Industrial Complex
(and of men that assume because they have insignia
on their chest and shoulders, that that means they are more
important that the rest of us that pull our share
of the load) [my add]...

On January 17, 1961, President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave
his final presidential speech, which turned out to be his
most memorable by virtue of this warning:

"In the councils of government, we must guard against the acquisition of
unwarranted influence, whether sought or unsought, by the military-industrial complex.
The potential for the disastrous rise of misplaced power exists and will persist."

And from Eisenhower's 2nd most memorable speech, "A Chance for Peace",
Soon after becoming president, Eisenhower gave his second-most-memorable speech, the "Chance for Peace" address,
on April 16, 1953. Stalin had just died, and the president sought to move the United States toward a less menacing
relationship with the USSR by proposing measures to promote greater cooperation and trust between the Cold War adversaries.
He highlighted the great opportunity costs of ongoing large-scale military preparedness.

"Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies, in the final sense, a theft from those
who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed"

This is why I call Eisenhower the 'last moral Republican', and as chance would have,
the ONLY Republican my father ever respected or voted for...

#51 | Posted by earthmuse at 2022-08-05 11:39 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

DOD "Destroyed evidence" of their criminal involvement and treason is more accurate.

#52 | Posted by chuffy at 2022-08-05 03:59 PM | Reply

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