A handful of Republicans in Congress are not happy about the fact that there’s a committee investigating exactly what really happened on January 6th, and whether Donald Trump, as President at the time, or any legislators had a hand in it. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) and Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) are among those issuing threats id telecommunication companies cooperate in the investigation.
The January 6th Committee is reportedly seeking information about the contacts made between Trump and certain legislators before, and during, the attack on the Capitol Building by his supporters, who he had invited and gathered, riled up to prevent the confirmation of the electoral vote for Joe Biden as President-elect. They’ve asked some major telecommunication companies to preserve records that might serve as evidence in the case — and some Republicans are fighting hard to prevent that.
Representative @mtgreenee Joins Tucker Carlson To Discuss The January 6th Commission Demanding The Personal Communications Of Republican Lawmakers
Marjorie: "These telecommunications companies if they go along with this, they will be shut down, and that's a promise." pic.twitter.com/NJCqjNNhL7
— The Columbia Bugle 🇺🇸 (@ColumbiaBugle) September 1, 2021
In this clip from Tucker Carlson’s Fox News show, Marjorie Taylor Greene threatens any phone companies that provide these records, saying that if they comply with a Congressional request, they’ll be shut down.
She claims this is all about a political attack on conservatives, and promises that when Republicans regain the majority, they’ll punish corporations that cooperate with the investigation.
“They better not play with these Democrats because Republicans are coming back into the majority in 2022 and we will take this very serious…These telecommunications companies, if they go along with this, they will be shut down, and that’s a promise.”
As Politico reported,this echoes the threat from Rep. McCarthy, who claimed this sets a precedent to “put every American with a phone or computer in the crosshairs of a surveillance state run by Democrat politicians,” called it a violation of Federal law, and promised that a future Republican majority would strip these companies of the right to operate in the United States.
Telecommunications companies typically do not hand over records lightly, but can be required to do so under subpoena, particularly in a criminal investigation.
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