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Missing Text Messages Prompted Internal Pentagon Policy Review

  • Preserving federal records ‘solemn responsibility,’ memo says
  • Lost Pentagon texts include those tied to Jan. 6 insurrection
Kathleen Hicks

Kathleen Hicks

Photographer: Leigh Vogel/UPI/Bloomberg

The deletion of text messages sent by senior Pentagon officials in the Trump administration, including during last year’s US Capitol attack, has prompted an internal review of Defense Department compliance with federal records policies.

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks says in an Aug. 3 memo sent to top DOD officials and made public Thursday that, “Retention of records as required by the Federal Records Act is a solemn responsibility and legal obligation for all federal employees, civilian and military.”