The Secret Service has been subpoenaed in the ongoing probe into the riot on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, a move that a former federal prosecutor calls aggressive and significant.

The House select committee leading the investigation is asking the federal agency to turn over reportedly deleted text messages from the days surrounding the attack as well as any relevant action reports. The Secret Service has until Tuesday to produce agents’ phone records, that some believe may shed light on President Donald Trump’s actions during the riot.

“We need all the texts from the fifth and sixth of January,” Jan. 6 committee member Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif,. told ABC News. “We need to get this information to get the full picture.”

Lofgren added that she and the rest of the nine-member panel investigating the insurrection were shocked to hear that the Secret Service does not seem to back up their phone data.

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Secret Service erased texts from two-day period spanning Jan. 6 attack, watchdog says
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Secret Service erased texts from two-day period spanning Jan. 6 attack, watchdog says
The Secret Service has recently garnered attention after former White House aid Cassidy Hutchinson testified to the Jan. 6 committee. According to Hutchinson, Trump had a heated exchange with his Secret Service detail after demanding to be driven up to the Capitol on the day of the insurrection.

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Anthony Guglielmi, a spokesperson for Secret Service, told NPR that his agency plans to “swiftly” respond to the panel’s subpoena though it’s unclear what records will be retrievable.