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Jan. 6th Committee Goes Dark, Requests Secret Help from Telecom Companies

What confidence can the American people have in such a secretive endeavor?

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has been hard at work trying to sell her January 6th select committee to the American people, but without much success.

The House panel was meant to be two things:  A bipartisan affair, and anything but a rehashing of Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial.  Thus far, the committee has failed on both counts, having not only chased away the Republican Party’s preferred participants, but also revealing that a main point of focus are those who were in contact with Donald Trump on the day of the attempted insurrection.

Now it appears as though the Democrats are hoping to obscure their targets in the probe – a move that will almost certainly be met with scrutiny from the GOP.

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The House Select Committee investigating the deadly January 6 riot is set to request that a group of telecommunications companies preserve the phone records of a group of GOP members of Congress and former President Donald Trump, as well as members of the Trump family, who played some role in the “Stop the Steal” rally that served as the prelude to the Capitol insurrection.

The records request is the first step in the committee’s investigatory process and could signal the direction they plan to go when they call witnesses.

It is unclear what means the committee will use to compel the telecommunications companies to cooperate with their request. The committee does have subpoena power, but requesting the information — especially from members of Congress — could lead to a lengthy legal battle.

The committee decided against making public the names of the lawmakers whose records they are targeting, three sources told CNN.

Numerous unnamed sources, however, have suggested that there are multiple members of Congress for whom records are being sought.

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