The Washington Post

Secret Service director delays retirement

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Secret Service Director James Murray is delaying his retirement as the agency deals with an inspector general’s investigat­ion and congressio­nal inquiries related to missing text messages around the time of the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Murray, who was slated to retire this weekend, will remain in his role “for the betterment of the agency” and to see the agency through the investigat­ions, Secret Service spokesman Anthony Guglielmi said Thursday.

Murray, a 27-year veteran of the Secret Service, had taken a position with Snap, the social media company best known for its app, Snapchat.

The delay in Murray’s retirement comes as the agency has faced increasing criticism after admitting that text messages from around the time of the attack on the U.S. Capitol were deleted.

The agency has said the messages were purged when its phones were migrated to a new system in the weeks after the 2021 attack.

The Secret Service has said all procedures were followed and pledged “full cooperatio­n” with all of the reviews and investigat­ions, including a criminal investigat­ion by the Homeland Security inspector general.

Murray’s decision to stay on was completely his own decision and he informed both the White House and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Guglielmi said. He’s expected to stay on at least for several more weeks until the Biden administra­tion names a new director for the agency.

Murray notified senior leaders at the agency and sent a wider email to the workforce to tell them about his plans to stay on.

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