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Select committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) with other committee members in the Capitol in July 2021. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

The Jan. 6 select committee said Friday it is demanding records from social media companies regarding the violence riot at the Capitol at the start of this year.

Why it matters: The demand is another major expansion to the select committee's investigation and follows its sweeping records request sent to the National Archives and seven federal agencies earlier this week.

The select committee is specifically seeking information from the companies related to: the spread of misinformation regarding the 2020 election, efforts to overturn the election or prevent the certification of the results, domestic extremism and foreign influence in the election dating back to spring 2020.

  • The companies include 4chan, 8kun (former known as 8chan), Facebook, Tik-Tok, Twitch, Twitter, Google, Snapchat and YouTube.
  • They will have two weeks to respond to the select committee's order.

What they're saying: “The Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol is examining the facts, circumstances, and causes of the attack and relating to the peaceful transfer of power, in order to identify and evaluate lessons learned and to recommend corrective laws, policies, procedures, rules, or regulations,” select committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said in a statement.

The big picture: Earlier this week, Thompson indicated that the committee will ask telecommunications companies to turn over the phone records of several hundred people, including members of Congress.

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Judge to hear Nov. 4 oral arguments for Trump's executive privilege claim

Former President Trump arrives at Trump Tower in Manhattan on Oct. 17 in New York City. Photo: James Devaney via Getty Images

A Nov. 4 hearing has been set for former President Trump's claim of executive privilege in regard to the House Jan. 6 select committee's investigation, Reuters reports.

Why it matters: Trump's legal team has moved to block some of the committee's requests for records by invoking executive privilege, which can allow presidents and their aides to sidestep congressional scrutiny.

Marjorie Taylor Greene fights with House colleagues during Bannon vote

Reps. Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene attend a hearing Thursday to hear testimony from Attorney General Merrick Garland. Photo: Michael Reynolds-Pool/Getty Images

Reps. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) and Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) exchanged harsh words on the House floor amid Thursday's vote to hold former Trump strategist Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress.

Why it matters: The exchange is emblematic of the divisive and emotionally charged nature around the investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

"Atmospheric river" swings Northern California from drought to flood

Satellite view of the bomb cyclone swirling off the coast of the Pacific Northwest and the atmospheric river affecting California on Oct. 24. Photo: CIRA/RAMMB

A series of powerful "atmospheric river" storms are delivering historic amounts of rainfall across parts of drought-stricken California and the Pacific Northwest.

Why it matters: The atmospheric river, packing large amounts of moisture, was causing Northern California to whiplash from drought to flood, as it slowly moved south overnight. It's triggered widespread power outages, flooding and mudslides.