DHS watchdog condemns ‘attack of unqualified criticism’ amid flap of January 6 Secret Service texts

Kafri did not specify which criticisms, in his view, were without merit. But two hours later he sent his note, a pair of House committee chairs. blew a letter adding that he has obtained evidence showing Kafri’s office “may have secretly abandoned attempts to collect text messages from the Secret Service more than a year ago.”

“These documents harbor new concerns that not only did your office fail to notify Congress for more than a year that important evidence was missing in this investigation, but that your senior staff knowingly chose not to pursue that evidence and Then take steps to cover up these failures,” read the letter from Rep. Benny Thompson (D-Miss.), who served on the Jan. 6 selection panel as well as the Homeland Security Committee and oversight chief Rep. Carolyn Maloney (Dn. Y) lead.

Maloney and Thompson also renewed their calls for Kafri to step down from his office’s investigation into how the Secret Service handled the January 6 violence.

Kafri’s email shows that he has no such plans. And his Monday afternoon note, urging personnel to “support each other,” implying that the lawmakers are paying their office was troubling to their employees.

“Thanks to everyone who kept calm, went ahead, and got the job done,” he continued. “I especially thank our Front Office and Foreign Affairs teams, who have maintained exceptional momentum in preparing and coordinating meetings and working long hours to respond to congressional and media inquiries.”

The Office of the Inspector General of Public Affairs did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The office of DHS’s independent watchdog, which oversees the Secret Service, started heating up after reports earlier this summer that texts from some Secret Service personnel had gone missing from January 6.

The Inspector General’s office came to know about the disappearance of the messages earlier this year but Missed to tell CongressAs The Washington Post reported, and the January 6 select committee summoned the Secret Service last month under its mounting pressure to get the message across.

Amid that tension, Kafri’s message on Monday was met with less than complete sympathy. An official in the DHS inspector general’s office told Politico that Kafri and his immediate staff are “uniquely unfit to lead the office of an inspector general, and the current negative congressional and media scrutiny bears this out.”

“The critical oversight mission of the DHS OIG has been compromised,” continued the official, who was allowed anonymity due to concerns about further retaliation, “and as long as Kafri leads the DHS OIG, the There will be no improvement till now.”

And Liz Hempowicz, director of public policy for the nonprofit project at Government Oversight, told Politico that that description of Kafri’s criticism is part of a pattern that called for her removal.

POGO, a government watchdog group, obtained a record showing that Cuffari’s team learned of the January 6 disappearance of two top DHS officials in February this year. but, The Washington Post reportedKafri did not tell Congress about the issue – a possible similarity with the Secret Service messaging issue – and did not try to find the officials’ texts.

“There is a clear pattern, going back months, indicating that Kafri has no regard for his role as Inspector General,” she said in a statement. “Every time we report on another unspeakable misstep that shows Kafri is clearly not fulfilling his mission, he doubles down and claims that everything is fine and all you need to do is that. Biden should remove Kafri as DHS Inspector General. DHS needs a credible oversight.

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