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The Democratic-led House select committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on the United States Capitol has ordered 35 social media and communications companies to keep the records, as the panel continues to expand its murderous riot investigation.
The companies include telecom giants AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon Wireless, as well as other platforms where headquarters-related communications may have taken place in the months leading up to January. The House committee is targeting the files of those accused of crimes related to the attack and those who participated in a pre-riot rally or in its potential planning.
Monday’s orders follow the committee’s requests last week to federal agencies and other retention orders to social media companies in its first wave of document requests since the panel was formed and held its first hearing .
“The select committee today sent letters to 35 private sector entities, including telecommunications, email and social media companies, asking them to retain documents that may be relevant to the committee’s investigation. restricted, “a spokesperson for the select committee said in a statement Monday. “The select committee is at this stage gathering the facts, not alleging any wrongdoing by any individual.”
The letters to sole proprietorships request that records be kept between April 1, 2020 and January 31, 2021. The letters indicate that there are attached lists of individuals whose records are wanted. These lists have not been made public.
Earlier Monday, CNN reported for the first time that the committee had asked telecommunications companies to keep telephone records of certain members of Congress, including GOP representatives Jim Jordan of Ohio and Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar of the ‘Arizona.
A spokesperson for the committee and several associates declined to confirm the list of names to NPR, beyond general references of letters to those targeted in the request.
The claims include those “charged with crimes associated with the attack; those who were on permit applications or who were otherwise involved in organizing, funding, or speaking at rallies on January 5, 2021 or January 6, 2021 in the District of Columbia. “, reads the letter to several telecommunications companies.
They also include the files of those “opposing the certification of electoral college votes; and those potentially involved in discussions of plans to challenge, delay or interfere with the certification of January 6, 2021 or otherwise attempt to overturn the election results, in the days leading up to and until the attack.”
Of the 35 preservation orders issued on Monday, carriers face the most complex demands. Businesses were asked to keep certain cell site locations to identify where calls were made, records of incoming and outgoing calls, and content of text messages.
“As the select committee continues its work, we plan to provide you with document requests for more specific categories of information,” read a letter from panel chair, Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., to AT&T President John Stankey. “Your immediate efforts to identify and preserve these documents are therefore essential.”