James Murray, Director Of The Secret Service Postponed Retirement Due To Several Probes That Began On January 6

As a result of numerous investigations of the company’s response to the attack on the U.S. Capitol, U.S. Secret Service Director James Murray said on Thursday that he would “briefly delay” his retirement. In an internal communication delivered on Thursday afternoon, Murray announced his intention to defer his retirement “for a little period of time” in order to “provide a smoother and more meaningful transition for our future Director.” He went on to say that he’d recently spoken with both Mayorkas and White House officials, both of whom agreed and extended the opportunity to do so.

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According to 2 Secret Service agents, the observation was sent just minutes after Murray informed corporate management of his decision to stay on for the foreseeable future. ‘I feel strongly about using this time to oversee and ensure the continued cooperation and responsiveness of our agency with respect to current Congressional and other inquiries,” Murray wrote in an internal memo to staff.’ For this reason, I’m grateful for the additional time to help lead our service ahead.

On July 31, he was scheduled to step down as a Snap, Inc. director and begin a new position in the private sector. In the wake of the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the Capitol, DHS lawyers are evaluating whether or not or not U.S. Secret Service officers can cooperate with the House select committee investigating the incident after the division’s top watchdog directed the company to stop looking into what happened to apparently delete text messages from that day.

Since May 1, 2019, Murray has served as the company’s chief executive officer after 32 years in the federal government. At the same time as managing the Trump administration, a presidential campaign, and a pandemic of COVID-19, he also managed the company’s record-breaking 42 security details.

The most recent scandal came earlier this month when a House panel subpoenaed text messages from two dozen Secret Service agents that had been allegedly wiped during an agency-wide technology shift, despite preservation demands from investigators and Congress. According to members of the House subcommittee, they only obtained one text message as a result of the subpoena issued to the corporation on July 15 asking for text communications from January 5 and 6 of 2021.

The committee claims that the Secret Service may have violated the Federal Records Act by failing to adequately preserve communications sent and received during the attack on the U.S. Capitol. A “unique and tough situation” is being faced by the U.S. Secret Service, according to Murray.

Now as always, our top concerns are the fulfillment of our mission; the wellbeing of our people; and the collective and individual obligation to serve our country and fellow citizens in a manner that is always Worthy of Trust and Confidence,” said the director. This temporary transition period will not deter me from pursuing my goals to the utmost extent possible.”

Snap Inc. issued a statement saying, “We are supportive of Jim’s decision to defer his retirement in order to both foci on assisting with the continuing investigation in the January 6th attacks, as well as to help ensure a smooth transition to a new Director. “We’ll keep an eye on this as the investigation progresses.”