House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy on Tuesday sent over 30 telecommunications companies a thinly veiled threat Tuesday, warning them that a future “Republican majority will not forget” if they choose to turn over the personal phone records of Republicans to the Democrat-led investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
The House select committee is seeking email and phone records of a number of GOP lawmakers, former President Donald Trump and members of his family as it conducts its “investigation” into the Capitol breach, and Trump’s efforts to prove that the 2020 presidential election was stolen.
The panel on Monday sent preservation requests to 35 email, telecommunications and social media companies, including Apple, AT&T and Verizon, asking that they save records related to the Jan. 6 riot, the ‘Stop the Steal’ rally outside the White House, and Team Trump’s challenges to the election results..
“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.”
Seven Democrats and two Never-Trump Republicans sit on the sham committee, which was formed after a Jan. 6 independent commission was blocked in the Senate by Republicans.
Shortly before the first meeting, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) denied the two Republican nominations to the committee, Reps Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and Jim Banks (R-Ind.), and replaced them with two deeply unpopular RINOs, Reps Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wy.).
McCarthy at the time called Pelosi’s move “an egregious abuse of power,” and pulled all of his five picks from the panel. He announced that Republicans would conduct their own separate investigation into the Capitol riot.
In a statement Tuesday evening, the House Minority Leader said that the Democrats’ attempt to strong-arm private companies into handing over the private data of their political adversaries puts “every Americans in the crosshairs of a surveillance state run by Democrat politicians.”
He warned the companies that turning over the private information is a violation of federal law that could lead to them losing the ability to operate in the United States.
“If companies still choose to violate a federal law, a Republican majority will not forget and will stand with Americans to hold them fully accountable under the law.” McCarthy wrote.
My statement on Democrats asking companies to violate federal law: pic.twitter.com/XELEVNbx65
— Kevin McCarthy (@GOPLeader) August 31, 2021
Marjorie Taylor Green, one of the House members whose communications are likely being sought, appeared on Fox News with Tucker Carlson to discuss the Democrats’ latest fascist demands.
“When you disobey Nancy Pelosi, they seize your text messages. Does that sound like a free country to you?” Carlson asked at the beginning of the segment.
“After what America has been through especially this past week in what the Biden administration has done leaving Americans behind in Afghanistan, service dogs, fully arming the Taliban, now they want to drag … American taxpayers through another witch hunt?” MTG said. “Just like we saw with Russia collusion conspiracy lies and what they did to President Trump, spending over $30 million dollars on what turned out to be nothing more than absolute Democrat political warfare.”
She added: “This is what they’re trying to do to all of us, and this is leading us into waters we’ve never been in in America. You see, America was not meant to be a Communist country, but these are tactics Democrats want to use.”
MTG said that if Democrats go down this road, it won’t be a matter of Republicans vs. Democrats, but “Americans vs. Communists.”