Jan. 6 committee seeking lawmaker phone records
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), chairman of the Jan. 6 select committee, said Monday that the committee will ask telecommunications companies to turn over the phone records of several hundred people, including members of Congress.
Why it matters: Preserving these records is a first step to procuring witnesses to testify before the select committee, per CNN, which first reported Thompson's comments.
The big picture: The committee will seek records from telecom companies and social media platforms as part of their investigation into the events of Jan. 6.
- "We have quite an exhaustive list of people," Thompson said when asked whether any family member or former Trump associates were on the list of people whose records are being sought.
- “I won’t tell you who they are, but it’s several hundred people that make up the list of individuals we plan to contact," he added.
- Issuing subpoenas "is not the first thing we have to do," Thompson said, adding that "we’ll do what’s required to get the information."
State of play: Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) has previously voiced support for issuing subpoenas to Republican members of Congress, including Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.).
- Jordan has admitted to speaking to former President Donald Trump on Jan. 6 but maintains that he has "nothing to hide," according to CNN.