Jan. 6 panel to ask for preservation of phone records of GOP lawmakers who participated in Trump rally: report

The House committee investigating Jan. 6 is planning to seek the phone records of Republican lawmakers, including those who attended the “Stop the Steal” rally before the attack on the Capitol, according to reporting from CNN.

Sources told the outlet that among those the committee is contemplating are those who attended, helped plan or spoke at the rally.

That group reportedly includes Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Paul GosarPaul Anthony GosarGOP's embrace of Trump's false claims creates new perils Domestic extremists return to the Capitol Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally MORE (Ariz.), Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzHouse GOP leaders urge 'no' vote on Bannon contempt Cheney presses Republicans to back Bannon contempt vote Judge grants another sentencing delay to Gaetz associate, but says it will be his last MORE (Fla.), Lauren BoebertLauren BoebertRepublicans' mantra should have been 'Stop the Spread' Democrats fret as longshot candidates pull money, attention Colorado remap plan creates new competitive district MORE (Colo.), Mo BrooksMorris (Mo) Jackson BrooksBlack Hawk pilot shot down in Somalia jumps into Alabama Senate race Democratic retirements could make a tough midterm year even worse Republicans' mantra should have been 'Stop the Spread' MORE (Ala.), Madison Cawthorn (N.C.), Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertHouse passes bill to end crack and powder cocaine sentencing disparity Republicans keep distance from 'Justice for J6' rally Security forces under pressure to prevent repeat of Jan. 6 MORE (Texas), Jody HiceJody Brownlow HiceRaffensperger calling for bipartisan federal election reform commission Democratic retirements could make a tough midterm year even worse Republicans plow forward with election challenges MORE (Ga.), Scott PerryScott Gordon PerryBannon eyed as key link between White House, Jan. 6 riot Jan. 6 panel votes to hold Bannon in contempt Jan. 6 panel lays out criminal contempt case against Bannon MORE (Pa.), Marjorie Taylor GreeneMarjorie Taylor GreeneGOP efforts to downplay danger of Capitol riot increase The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene says she's meeting with Trump 'soon' in Florida MORE (Ga.) and Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanCheney reveals GOP's Banks claimed he was Jan. 6 panel's ranking member Garland defends school board memo from GOP 'snitch line' attacks Fight breaks out between Jordan, Nadler over rules about showing video at Garland hearing MORE (Ohio), whom Republicans once tapped to serve on the committee.


Former President TrumpDonald TrumpHarris stumps for McAuliffe in Virginia On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Hillicon Valley — Presented by Xerox — The Facebook Oversight Board is not pleased MORE spoke at the rally, held just south of the White House, repeating the false claim he won the election.

"We will stop the steal. Today I will lay out just some of the evidence proving that we won this election and we won it by a landslide," he said shortly before supporters marched from the rally to the Capitol during the certification of the 2020 election results.

A spokesman for the committee declined to comment on CNN's report.

Committee Chairman Bennie ThompsonBennie Gordon ThompsonThe Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Altria - Manchin heatedly dismisses rumors of leaving Democratic Party Bannon eyed as key link between White House, Jan. 6 riot Cheney becomes GOP's Trump foil MORE (D-Miss.) previously said the panel would seek lawmaker records but refused to name names.

“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 told reporters last week.

The request could tee up the first formal subpoenas from the committee after sending letters to numerous government agencies as well as tech companies requesting they turn over reams of documents. 

Rep. Jim Banks (Ind.), another Republican once slated to serve on the Jan. 6 committee before his selection was refused by Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiDemocrats scramble to reach deal on taxes On The Money — Sussing out what Sinema wants Overnight Health Care — Presented by Carequest — Key CDC panel backs Moderna, J&J boosters MORE (D-Calif.), has indicated that Republican lawmakers would fight any seizure of their records.

“Rifling through the call logs of your colleagues would depart from more than 230 years of Congressional oversight. This type of authoritarian undertaking has no place in the House of Representatives and the information you seek has no conceivable legislative purpose," Banks wrote in a letter to Thompson on Friday that was also sent to the general counsels of AT&T, T-Mobile and Verizon.