The head of Trump’s protective detail, there when the former president wanted to be taken to the Capitol on January 6, is among the 24 Secret Service members whose January 5 and 6 texts are missing

The New York Times reported on Thursday that the individuals mentioned were the head of the US Secret Service and the head of the protective detail for former President Donald Trump. These two Secret Service agents had their text messages requested by the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security.

Messages that cannot be found, which were requested as part of the probe conducted by the General Inspector of the response agency, between January 6, 2021, and December 2020, are the messages of two agents who are leaving the Secret Service. The outgoing director of the Secret Service, Robert Engel, and agent lead for Trump, will be leaving on July 30th to take on a new role at Snapchat.

Last week, the inspector general of the House Committee alerted the committee about the missing messages. The agency has submitted a single text message to the select committee that maintains and cooperates with the investigation.

According to The Times’ report, it remains uncertain what caused Joseph Cuffari, the inspector general of the Department of Homeland Security, to request the telephone records of those 24 agents in the vicinity of January 6.

As per Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House aide, during the investigation of the insurrection, on January 6, 2021, Trump made a sudden move towards Engel in an effort to seize control of the car’s steering wheel after being informed that they were not allowed to proceed to the Capitol. He also instructed his protection detail to escort him towards the Capitol.

According to the letter initially acquired by CNN on Thursday, the deputy inspector general of the DHS asked the Secret Service on Wednesday night to halt its investigation into deleted text messages sent by agents during the insurrection, in order to avoid “disrupting an ongoing criminal inquiry.”

Gladys Ayala, the deputy inspector general of the Homeland Security Department, stated in a letter to the Secret Service that “The Times reported” that in order to maintain the integrity of our investigation, the USSS should abstain from conducting any additional investigative actions related to the gathering and safeguarding of the aforementioned evidence. This entails refraining from promptly questioning potential witnesses, confiscating devices, or undertaking any other measures that might disrupt an ongoing criminal inquiry.

The House Select Committee subpoenaed the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General, Joseph Cuffari, after accusing him of deleting pertinent text messages on July 15th.

The committee received a letter from Cuffari on July 13th, stating that the Secret Service agent’s communication during the investigation into the Capitol attack had been turned into an inquiry, and that the requested messages had only been deleted after being claimed in Cuffari’s letter.

The committee chairman, G. Bennie Thompson, said that the agency lost data due to a “pre-planned” migration system, according to the subpoenaed letter.

The removal of proof may potentially breach the Federal Records Act, as stated by Lloyd Lee, an insider, on Wednesday.

The organization has additionally stated that it will be unable to recover messages to deliver to the committee.

We have informed the Select Committee of the Inspector General’s request that a thorough legal review be conducted to ensure full cooperation with all oversight efforts and to avoid any conflicts among our collective endeavors. In an emailed statement to Anthony Guglielm, Chief Insider Communications, the Department of Homeland Security’s Inspector General’s letter stated that the Secret Service is in receipt of the letter.

Insider’s request for comment was not immediately responded to by the January 6 House Select Committee and the Department of Homeland Security.