Minority group leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday warned telecommunications companies not to hand over data to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, as the Republican Party would come and get them once they were back in power. .
His astonishing statement came after the select committee wrote to 35 companies asking them to keep records of people suspected of being involved.
He said that would meet, ‘Put any American with a phone or computer in the crosshairs of a surveillance state run by Democratic politicians.”
The requests seek phone records, email, and other data.
While the letters don’t reveal any targets, committee chair Bernie Thompson has previously suggested he wanted data from members of Congress.
CNN obtained details of names on the list, including: Republican delegates Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, Matt Gaetz from Florida, Louie Gohmert from Texas, Jody Hice from Georgia and Scott Perry from Pennsylvania.
House Minority Leader condemned the latest request for information made by the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 violence, saying it “puts every American with a phone or computer in the crosshairs of a surveillance state run by Democratic politicians.”
On Monday, the commission wrote to 35 companies asking them to keep records of people suspected of involvement in the violence after President Trump’s January 6 meeting.
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy warned telecom companies that the GOP will ‘never forget’ if they meet requirements to hand over records linked to the Jan. 6 violence
They are believed to have played a part in President Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally on the day of the violence and include some of his most persistent supporters.
Republicans quickly backed off, saying it was all a waste of taxpayers’ money.
And McCarthy claimed that telecom companies would be breaking US law, though he didn’t provide further details.
“If these companies obey Democrats’ orders to pass on private information, they violate federal law and risk losing their ability to operate in the United States,” he wrote.
“If companies still choose to break federal law, a Republican majority will not forget and will support Americans in holding them fully accountable under the law.”
Monday’s letters were sent to communications giants such as Google and Microsoft, as well as to all major cell phone networks.
They include requests to secure the Signal messaging app and social media networks favored by conservatives, including Parler.
As Chairman Thompson previewed last week, the select committee today sent letters to 35 private sector entities, including telecommunications, email and social media companies, with instructions to hold data that may be relevant to the investigation. of the select committee,” said a spokesperson. .
“The select committee is currently gathering facts and is not claiming that anyone did anything wrong.”
It marked the third request for information, after previously asking federal data agencies and social media companies for details of disinformation.
Last week, it emerged that the commission had requested the mental health records of former President Trump.
Trump supporters rioted after he urged them to march to Congress during a speech at the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally in Washington DC
“The left-wing ‘select committee’ has further exposed itself as a partisan sham and waste of taxpayers’ money with a request timed to distract Americans from historic and global catastrophes caused by the failures of Joe Biden and the Democrats,” it said. Trump in a statement.
“Unfortunately, this partisan exercise comes at the cost of long-standing legal principles of privilege,” he continued. “Administrative justice will be defended not only on behalf of my administration and the patriots who worked alongside me, but also on behalf of the Office of the President of the United States and the future of our nation.”
“These Democrats have only one tired trick – political theater – and their latest request only reinforces that pathetic reality.”
The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol released a slew of documents related to the investigation on Wednesday, including interest in Trump’s mental health files.
The White House was also asked whether the former president considered using military force to remain president after Joe Biden won the 2020 election.
The commission’s head fired a series of sweeping requests for information about the final days of the Trump administration — attempting to use photos, timestamps and documents to recreate the day minute by minute.
Other requests demand all documents related to the 25th Amendment to the Constitution for cases where the cabinet wants to remove a president because he is “unable” to perform the duties of the office.