The House Select Committee investigating the riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th is reportedly seeking the phone records of lawmakers who participated in the "Stop the Steal" rally. According to CNN, the committee is preparing to ask telecommunication companies to preserve the phone records of members of Congress, former President Donald Trump, and members of his family in the days leading up to the rally.
The committee has not made the list of people whose records they are seeking public, but three sources told CNN the list includes Reps. Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Taylor Greene, Jim Jordan, Andy Biggs, Paul Gosar, Mo Brooks, Madison Cawthorn, Matt Gaetz, Louie Gohmert, Jody Hice, and Scott Perry.
Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson would not confirm the list of names but said that the committee wants the phone records of "several hundred" people who planned and participated in the rally.
The committee does not have subpoena power, and asking phone companies to provide the records could result in a lengthy court battle.
Rep. Jim Banks, whose name was not on the list, sent a letter to Thompson, urging the committee not to pursue the phone records of members of Congress.
"Rifling through the call logs of your colleagues would depart from more than 230 years of Congressional oversight," Banks wrote. "This type of authoritarian undertaking has no place in the House of Representatives, and the information you seek has no conceivable legislative purpose."
The committee is also requesting records from Facebook, Twitter, Google, and several other social media companies. The records date back to 2020 and are "related to the spread of misinformation, efforts to overturn the 2020 election or prevent the certification of the results, domestic violent extremism, and foreign influence in the 2020 election."
"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," Thompson said in a press release.