House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) warned telecommunications firms against complying with the Jan. 6 select committee’s call that they turn over phone and email records as part of its probe, releasing a statement that Republicans “will not forget” if they adhere with the request.
His comments come shortly after the panel sent letters to 35 telecommunications and social media companies asking them to preserve the records of individuals, including lawmakers, that may have been implicated in the deadly attack on the Capitol, when a group of pro-Trump rioters stormed the building in an attempt to derail the certification of the election.
“Adam Schiff, Bennie Thompson, and Nancy Pelosi’s attempts to strong-arm private companies to turn over individuals’ private data would put every American with a phone or computer in the crosshairs of a surveillance state run by Democrat politicians,” McCarthy tweeted on Tuesday.
“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. 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.”
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