When the latest investigation into the invasion of the Capitol Building got started, a partisan endeavor if there ever was one trying to pin the event on President Donald Trump and his followers, and the committee sent letters out to the tech companies that control communication in the nation looking for data on specific individuals, the level of sinister seemed kind of high. And then CNN reported who’s information the committee was looking for.
According to CNN, the list includes loyal supporters of former President Donald Trump, including Republican Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Mo Brooks of Alabama, and Matt Gaetz of Florida.
There are undoubtedly more names that the committee is interested in seeing data on. There’s one problem, though. The request is illegal, and the House Minority Leader warned the tech giants that the Republicans would not sit by and not say anything about the situation.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy warned that “a Republican majority will not forget” telecommunications companies that turn over phone records to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack…
“If these companies comply with the Democrat order to turn over private information, they are in violation of federal law and subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States,” McCarthy said in a statement Tuesday. “If companies still choose to violate federal law, a Republican majority will not forget and will stand with Americans to hold them fully accountable under the law.”
That would be a refreshing change, actually, from the norm where violations of privacy rights are just accepted. Congress still has to get warrants to request data whether the Democrats want that to be the way things work or not.
Other Republicans backed McCarthy’s statement. They will not forget.