11 House Republicans threaten phone companies with legal action if they hand Democrats their records from January 6

 Eleven House Republicans sent a letter threatening to 'pursue all legal remedies' if telecom companies comply with Democrats' subpoena for their phone records prior to Jan. 6.

The letter notes that Congress has no power to 'conduct investigations or issue subpoenas.' 

'Additionally, Congress has no power to inquire into private affairs and to compel disclosure in order to expose for the sake of exposure,' the letter read.  

On Monday, CNN reported that Democrats on the House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6, led by Chair Rep Bennie Thompson, are requesting telecoms companies preserve the phone records of Trump-aligned lawmakers and members of the Trump family. 

Congress does have subpoena power, but cannot arrest and detain anyone to compel compliance. Additionally, the Supreme Court has ruled Congress cannot investigate someone purely to expose wrongdoing for political gain. Subpoenas must further 'legitimate legislative purpose,' according to the high court. 

The letter was distributed to Amazon, AOL, Apple, AT&T, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Snap, T-Mobile, Twitter, U.S. Cellular Corporation, Verizon and Yahoo!, according to Forbes.   

The committee has not made public the full list of names it is requesting, according to CNN.

Sources revealed a partial list, which included those in some way involved in the 'Stop the Steal' rally which preceded the riot.

As of now, the list includes Republican Reps. 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.

The committee is also requesting preserved phone records of Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump, Lara Trump and Kimberly Guilfoyle, Don Jr.'s girlfriend. 

The letter was signed by many of those on the list.  

Reps. Boebert, left and Gohmert, right, are among those who signed a letter warning telecoms companies not to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating Jan. 6 for their phone records.

Reps. Boebert, left and Gohmert, right, are among those who signed a letter warning telecoms companies not to comply with a subpoena from the House committee investigating Jan. 6 for their phone records. 

Greene threatened to 'shut down' companies that go along with the subpoena

Greene threatened to 'shut down' companies that go along with the subpoena

Democrats on the House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6, led by Chair Rep Bennie Thompson, are requesting telecoms companies preserve the phone records of Trump-aligned lawmakers and members of the Trump family

Democrats on the House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6, led by Chair Rep Bennie Thompson, are requesting telecoms companies preserve the phone records of Trump-aligned lawmakers and members of the Trump family

Thompson has said he'll seek the phone records of several hundred people as part of the probe. 

 'As you are aware, your company has a legal obligation to protect the data of your subscribers and customers, and we are confident you will follow the law and not disclose their private and confidential records without a legal order to do so,' the lawmakers wrote. 

'If you fail to comply with these obligations, we will pursue all legal remedies.' 

Meanwhile, Greene threatened to 'shut down' companies that go along with the subpoena. 

'If these telecommunications companies, if they go along with this, they will be shut down. And that's a promise,' she told Fox News' Tucker Carlson on Wednesday.  

On Tuesday, House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., issued a similar warning to telecommunications companies on Tuesday not to turn over records to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the as Republicans would come for them once they were back in power.


He said complying would, 'Put every American with a phone or computer in the crosshairs of a surveillance state run by Democratic politicians.' 

McCarthy claimed telecoms companies would be in breach of American law, although he offered no further details.

'If these companies comply with the Democrat order to turn over private information, they are in violation of federal law and subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States,' he wrote. 

'If companies 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 cellphone networks.

They included requests to secure messaging app Signal, 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, instructing them to preserve records which may be relevant to the select committee's investigation,' said a spokesperson.

'The select committee is at this point gathering facts, not alleging wrongdoing by any individual.'

It marked the third request for information, after previously asking federal agencies for data and social media companies for details of disinformation.

Last week it emerged that the committee had demanded former President Trump's mental health records.

'The Leftist 'select committee' has further exposed itself as a partisan sham and waste of taxpayer dollars with a request that's timed to distract Americans from historic and global catastrophes brought on by the failures of Joe Biden and the Democrats,' Trump said in a statement.

'Unfortunately, this partisan exercise is being performed at the expense of long-standing legal principles of privilege,' he continued. 'Executive privilege will be defended, not just on behalf of my Administration and the Patriots who worked beside me, but on behalf of the Office of the President of the United States and the future of our Nation.'

'These Democrats only have one tired trick—political theater—and their latest request only reinforces that pathetic reality.'

The House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack released a slew of documents related to the probe on Wednesday, including interest in Trump's mental health records.

Also requested from the White House was whether the former president considered using military force to remain as president after Joe Biden won the 2020 election.

The head of the committee fired off a series of sweeping demands for information on the last days of the Trump administration – with an effort to use photos, time stamps, and documents to recreate the day minute-by-minute.

Other requests demand any documents related to the Constitution's 25th Amendment for cases where the cabinet seeks to remove a president for being 'unable' to discharge the duties of the office.

The committee last week released a slew of documents related to the probe on Wednesday, including interest in Trump's mental health records.

Also requested from the White House is whether the former president considered using military force to remain as president after Joe Biden won the 2020 election.

The panel wants the Pentagon to hand over information on the use of the Insurrection Act, communications on 'the establishment of martial law,' and information on 'defying orders from the President.'

The requests also seek out detailed information about personnel changes at the Pentagon in the last weeks of the Trump administration, as Trump installed political loyalists and former Defense chiefs warned the military must stay out of politics.

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