Jan. 6 committee to seek lawmaker records


The select House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol plans to ask telecommunications companies to turn over the records of several hundred people, including lawmakers, the panel's chairman, Bennie ThompsonJan. 6 committee to seek lawmaker recordsBennie Gordon ThompsonHillicon Valley: Rand Paul suspended one week by YouTube over COVID-19 mask claims | Crypto industry seeks to build momentum after losing Senate fight | Senators introduce bill to promote app store competition Lawmakers raise concerns over federal division of cybersecurity responsibilities House Democrats select Riggleman as Jan. 6 committee adviser MORE (D-Miss.), told reporters Monday. 

Thompson declined to identify which lawmakers' records would be sought in the probe but said the committee is reaching out to tech and communications companies as well as social media platforms.

“We have quite an exhaustive list of people. I won't tell you who they are, but it's several hundred people that make up the list of people we are planning to contact,” he said when asked if the list included family members of former President TrumpJan. 6 committee to seek lawmaker recordsDonald TrumpKamala Harris should offer Vietnam 'market economy' status Supporters at Alabama rally boo Trump after he tells them to get vaccinated CNN posthumously airs final interview with late Rep. Paul Mitchell MORE.

CNN was the first to report on the committee's plan. 

Thompson previously told reporters that the committee may use the August recess to issue subpoenas, but Thompson on Monday said the letters being drafted would instead notify the companies to retain the records.

"We're going to get to the bottom of what happened, and, you know that whatever that is, may exonerate a bunch of people, may not; we're just gonna do our work thoroughly and expeditiously," Rep. Adam KinzingerJan. 6 committee to seek lawmaker recordsAdam Daniel KinzingerSunday shows - Afghanistan's collapse in the spotlight Kinzinger: Execution of Afghanistan withdrawal 'extremely disastrous' Sunday shows preview: Chaos in Kabul mars US evacuation efforts MORE (Ill.), one of just two Republicans serving on the committee, told The Hill.

"We have people constantly trying to change the story and create misinformation, so we need answers."

Thompson's confirmation that lawmaker records would be sought is sure to renew focus on House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyJan. 6 committee to seek lawmaker recordsKevin McCarthySunday shows preview: Chaos in Kabul mars US evacuation efforts US military faces growing calls to do more to evacuate Afghanistan Congress poised to grill Biden officials on messy Afghanistan exit MORE (R-Calif.) and staunch Trump defender Rep. Jim JordanJan. 6 committee to seek lawmaker recordsJames (Jim) Daniel JordanPatagonia stops supplying inventory to Jackson Hole Mountain Resort Jim Jordan asks DHS for docs as agency considers new social media monitoring Pelosi suggests Jan. 6 panel could investigate Jordan and Banks MORE (R-Ohio).

McCarthy and Jordan have both confirmed they held separate phone calls with the former president on Jan. 6.

Investigators are particularly interested in those conversations as they try to figure out what actions Trump took after he delivered a speech outside the White House urging thousands of his supporters to march to the Capitol and “fight like hell” to stop Congress’s certification of President BidenJan. 6 committee to seek lawmaker recordsJoe BidenHenri downgraded to tropical depression as it dumps rain on northeast Britain to urge G7 leaders to consider adopting sanctions against Taliban: report Five lawmakers to watch ahead of key House budget vote MORE’s election victory. 

Jordan has said he doesn’t recall what they discussed or what time he spoke to Trump. But he was an influential figure in the GOP effort to overturn the presidential election.

The content of McCarthy’s call has been more widely reported, with Rep. Jaime Herrera BeutlerJan. 6 committee to seek lawmaker recordsJaime Lynn Herrera BeutlerFive big questions as Jan. 6 panel preps subpoenas House passes spending bill to boost Capitol Police and Hill staffer pay Latina lawmakers discuss efforts to increase representation MORE (R-Wash.) saying the GOP leader told her about his frantic call with Trump that day begging him to call off his supporters.

“Well, Kevin, I guess these people are more upset about the election than you are,” Trump said, according to Herrera Beutler, after McCarthy assured him it was Trump supporters attacking the Capitol.

—Updated at 8:06 p.m. Scott Wong contributed.