The text-removal scandal surrounding Trump and January 6 may jeopardize the secret service relationship with the people they protect, former agents say.

A Secret Service agent watching President Trump depart from the White House for Marine One.

A Secret Service agent watching President Trump depart from the White House’s South Lawn for Marine One on January 19, 2019.Pete Marovich / Getty Images

  • A former secret service agent states that the relationship between the agent and the guardian can be compromised.

  • “I don’t think it was intentional,” he said of the deleted text message.

  • The Secret Service has instructed the agent to communicate by email when the agent is at the agency.

Thorough scrutiny of secret services after agency reveals Deleted text message On January 5 and 6, 2021, one of the formerly decorated Secret Service agents said it could seriously damage the relationship between agents and the political leaders they protect. rice field.

“The Secret Service must be able to work with these people, and these people must trust them,” Donald Mihalek, a retired senior agent for the Secret Service, told insiders. “I think the country needs to start asking itself what the damage will be if the Secret Service is put in a position where it always seems like a protection relationship is being questioned.”

Mihalek, now a Managing Director of the Federation of Federal Law Enforcers Association, began his career as a Special Agent in 1998. He was the field commander of a maritime rescue operation for 300 Secret Service personnel trapped in Lower Manhattan in September. Attacked in November 2001.

The insider contacted several other former agents for comment on the agency’s deleted text message.

The role of secret services in the January 6 attack has received a great deal of attention, especially after the explosive description of the day and the now-deleted text message of former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson.Most likely not recoverableThe Department of Homeland Security inspector general delete A text message after being asked.

“I don’t think it was intentional,” Mihalek said. “I don’t think there is anything malicious.”

Mihalek agrees that the Americans deserve the answer, but he believes it will only come after the agency has the ability to conduct internal investigations to understand what happened. However, Miharek believes that a thorough scrutiny of secret services can affect an agent’s ability to carry out forward missions.

“No one asked that question,” he said. “It’s not a good situation to put the president or the Secret Service where there are gaps in relationships due to lack of trust.”

He added that the consequences of that gap could be unbearable for the country.

Mihalek was responsible for the details of the president’s protection from 2007 to 2011 and was promoted to Senior Special Agent in 2015 before retiring in 2019.

The deleted text indicates a problem within the agency, Miharek said. The House of Representatives Committee tweeted on Wednesday that there were “concerns about a system migration that allegedly erased secret service cell phone data,” three weeks after the parliamentary attack.

When he was enrolled in the Secret Service, Miharek said text messages and telephones were not considered an operational and secure method of communication. Mobile phones and text messages go through third-party service providers. When he was there, it was Verizon and Apple.

“All government mobile phones are third-party providers,” he said. “Therefore, the service was always saying. If you want to send something operational, send it by email.”

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