Minority Parliamentary Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday warned telecommunications companies not to turn over the files to the House committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on the Capitol because the Republican Party would come and pick them up once they ‘they would be back in power.
His dazzling statement came after the select committee wrote to 35 companies asking them to keep the files of those suspected of being involved.
He said to comply would be, ‘Put every American with a phone or computer in the sights of a surveillance state run by Democratic politicians.
Requests search for phone records, emails, and other data.
While the letters do not disclose any goals, committee chairman Rep. Bernie Thompson has previously suggested he wants recordings of members of Congress.
CNN obtained details of the names on the list, which included: Republican Republican Rep. Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Paul Gosar also of Arizona , Mo Brooks from Alabama, Madison Cawthorn from North Carolina, Matt Gaetz from Florida, Louie Gohmert from Texas, Jody Hice from Georgia and Scott Perry from Pennsylvania.
The parliamentary minority leader condemned the latest request for information made by the select committee investigating the January 6 violence, saying it “puts every American with a phone or computer in the crosshairs of a state surveillance led by Democratic politicians “
On Monday, the committee wrote to 35 companies asking them to keep records of those suspected of being involved in the violence after President Trump’s rally on January 6.
Minority Parliamentary Leader Kevin McCarthy has warned telecom companies the GOP will “never forget” if it complies with demands for return of records related to January 6 violence
They are said to have played a role in President Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally on the day of the violence and include some of his most stubborn supporters.
Republicans quickly pushed back, saying it was all a waste of taxpayer money.
And McCarthy claimed the carriers would violate US law, although he gave no further details.
“If these companies comply with the Democratic order to hand over private information, they are breaking federal law and risk losing their ability to operate in the United States,” he wrote.
“If businesses still choose to violate federal law, a Republican majority will not forget and will stand with Americans to hold them fully accountable under the law.”
Monday’s letters were sent to communications giants such as Google and Microsoft as well as all major mobile phone networks.
They included requests to secure the Signal messaging app and social media networks favored by the Conservatives, including Parler.
As President Thompson previewed last week, the select committee today sent letters to 35 private sector entities, including telecommunications, email and social media companies, asking them to keep the recordings that may be relevant to the select committee’s investigation, “a spokesperson said. .
“The select committee is at this stage gathering the facts, not alleging any wrongdoing by any individual.”
This was the third request for information, after previously asking federal data agencies and social media companies for details of the disinformation.
Last week, it emerged that the committee had demanded the mental health records of former President Trump.
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“The left ‘select committee’ has exposed itself further as a partisan sham and a waste of taxpayer money with a demand that is programmed to distract Americans from the historic and global disasters brought on by Joe Biden’s failures and Democrats, “Trump said in a statement.
“Unfortunately, this partisan exercise is being carried out at the expense of long-standing legal principles of privilege,” he continued. “Executive privilege will be upheld, not only on behalf of my administration and the patriots who have worked alongside me, but on behalf of the office of the President of the United States and the future of our nation.”
“These Democrats have only one tired ride – the political theater – and their latest request only reinforces this pathetic reality.”
The special House committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill released a host of documents related to the investigation on Wednesday, including interest in Trump’s mental health records.
The White House also asked if the former president plans to use military force to remain president after Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 election.
The committee head launched a series of requests for information on the final days of the Trump administration – with an effort to use photos, time stamps and documents to recreate the day minute by minute.
Other requests require documents related to the 25th Amendment to the Constitution for cases where the cabinet seeks to remove a president for being “unable” to perform office functions.