Secret Service director ‘to briefly delay’ retirement amid multiple investigations into agency

US Secret Service Director James Murray announced on Thursday that he would “briefly delay” his retirement amid multiple investigations into the agency’s response to the attack on the US Capitol.

In an internal message sent to staff Thursday afternoon and obtained by CBS News, Murray announced his decision to “briefly delay my retirement and transition to the private sector to help bridge the gap and support a smooth and significant for our future director.” The director added that he “recently spoke with Secretary Mayorkas and White House leaders, who each accepted and extended the opportunity to do so.”

The memo was sent minutes after Murray informed agency management of his decision to stay on immediately, according to two US Secret Service officials.

“I strongly believe that I will use this time to oversee and ensure our agency’s continued cooperation, responsiveness, and full support with respect to ongoing congressional and other investigations,” Murray wrote in his internal message to staff. . “This is critically important and I am especially grateful for the extra time to help move our service forward.”

He was scheduled to serve his last day as a director on July 31 before moving into a new role in the private sector at Snap, Inc.

Murray’s decision comes as DHS attorneys are actively evaluating whether or not US Secret Service officials can continue to cooperate with the House Select Committee investigating the January 6, 2021, assault on the US Capitol after the department’s top watchdog ordered the agency to stop investigating what happened to Text messages apparently deleted Since that day.

Murray served 32 years in the federal government and has served as the agency’s chief executive since May 1, 2019. He has overseen the agency through a record 42 protective detail deployed during the Trump administration, a presidential campaign and the COVID-19 pandemic, in addition to navigating a series of controversies.

The most recent controversy came earlier this month, after the Jan. 6 House Select Committee subpoenaed text messages from two dozen Secret Service agents who were apparently erased during an agency-wide technology migration, despite demands for preservation from investigators and Congress. House panel staff said they received only one text resulting from the July 15 subpoena to the agency requesting its January 5 and 6, 2021 text messages.

Select Committee Says Secret Service may have violated federal records law by failing to properly preserve communications sent and received during the attack on the United States Capitol.

In his memo to staff, Murray acknowledged that the US Secret Service faces “a unique and challenging time.”

“Now, as always, our main priorities are the success of our mission; the well-being of our people; and our collective and individual responsibility to serve our country and our fellow citizens in an always Trustworthy and trustworthy“, added the director. “I assure you that during this brief period of transition, I remain committed to pursuing each of these objectives to the fullest extent possible.

A spokesperson for Snap Inc. responded to Murray’s start date delay in a statement: “We support Jim’s decision to delay his retirement to focus both on cooperating with the ongoing investigation into the January 6 attacks, as well as to help ensure a smooth transition to a new director. We will continue to monitor this situation as this investigation unfolds.

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