Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona and a group of House Republicans wrote to 14 telecom firms on Tuesday, requesting that the phone records and data of 16 Democrats be preserved so that “future Congresses can examine potential breaches.”
The letters were delivered two weeks after a select committee stated on January 6 that it would request electronic communication information from “several hundred persons,” including members of Congress, as part of its inquiry into the Capitol incident.
On the August 31 episode of “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene slammed the action, vowing to “shut down” any corporation that handed up documents to the committee.
In following letters, Republican members reiterated this view, one of which was written to Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey and tweeted by Rep. Paul Gosar:
“The US Constitution and the US Supreme Court precedent prevents committees from obtaining these records and prohibits you from providing them. Simply put, neither the committee nor you have the legal authority to provide those records.”
According to legal experts, there is no specific statute prohibiting these corporations from providing information to the committee.
The letters requested that if the companies decide to turn over records to the select committee on January 6, they also preserve the records of several Democrats, including Vice President Kamala Harris, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and Rep. Eric Swalwell, among others.
Rep. Biggs Promises To ‘Pursue All Legal Remedies’ If Telecom Companies Give Dems Access To Private Data
Biggs is writing to 13 telecommunications providers that were reportedly summoned by the select committee for evidence relating to the riot by certain members.
The group wrote, “The U.S. Constitution and U.S. Supreme Court precedent prevents committees from obtaining these records and prohibits you from providing them.”
Simply put, neither the Committee nor you have the legal authority to provide those records,” they added. “Adopting the misguided legal theory of the Committee Chairman would undoubtedly end with Congress rifling through the private records of any American.”
Republicans claim that if the businesses are going to cooperate with the committee’s request, they should likewise keep the phone records of 16 Democrats so that future committees can look into them.
Democrats on the list include Pelosi, Vice President Harris, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler of New York, and Rep. Eric Swalwell of California.
Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, and Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts have also asked for the phone records of “Squad” members to be preserved.
Representatives Jody Hice of Georgia, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, and Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina are among the House Republicans who signed the letter.