The Usual Suspects: 1/6 Select Committee Wants To Examine These Republican Lawmakers’ Telecom Records
Consider them the “usual suspects.” The House Select Committee reportedly has identified a number of Republican lawmakers whose telecommunications and social media records it wants to examine as it investigates the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist riot at the U.S. Capitol.
The panel requested that multiple mobile phone providers preserve data as it ramps up its investigation of the Capitol riot. Those requests are the first steps in its probe and could provide clues as to where the investigation is likely to lead.
While the committee, chaired by Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), decided not to make public the names of those whose records it wants to examine, confidential sources tell CNN that the following GOP lawmakers are being targeted because they either attended, spoke at, actively planned or encouraged people to attend the “Stop the Steal” rally:
Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Paul Gosar also of Arizona, Mo Brooks of Alabama, Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Jody Hice of Georgia and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania.
All of those named were – and continue to be – ardent supporters of twice-impeached, one-term former president Donald Trump and many of them opposed certifying the Electoral College vote that elected Joe Biden president.
CNN also is reporting that the committee will request records from Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Ivanka Trump, daughter-in-law Lara Trump and Don Jr.’s girlfriend, Kimberly Guilfoyle, who worked on the camaign.
Thompson’s committee also has requested records from 15 tech companies as part of its probe: 4chan, 8kun, Facebook, Gab, Google, Youtube, Parler, Reddit, Snapchat, Telegram, theDonald.win, Tik-Tok, Twitch, Twitter and Zello.
The committee has the subpoena power necessary to compel the telecommunications companies to cooperate, but it is expected that Republicans will challenge the requests.