The House Select Committee investigating the insurrection which took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 is about to send notices to telecommunication providers instructing them to preserve the phone records of several Republicans in Congress, according to a report from CNN.
“Preserving communications records is the first step in an investigatory process that could eventually lead to witness testimony. The notices are set to go out as soon as this week and provide the first window into the kinds of information the committee plans to pursue.”
Though it isn’t yet clear exactly whose phone records the committee plans to look at, some members have admitted that they did indeed speak with then-President Donald Trump on the day of the riots. The two most notable are House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH).
Trump reportedly told McCarthy that the protesters who stormed the Capitol cared more about the election than McCarthy did:
“Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are,” Trump said, according to lawmakers who were briefed on the call afterward by McCarthy.McCarthy insisted that the rioters were Trump’s supporters and begged Trump to call them off.
“I spoke with him that day, after? I think after. I don’t know if I spoke with him in the morning or not. I just don’t know. … I don’t know when those conversations happened.”
“In terms of telecom companies, they’re the ones that pretty much you already know, the major networks, the social media platforms, those kinds of things.“I can tell you that we’ll look at everything that will give us information on what happened on January 6. We will look at all records at some point.”