Kevin McCarthy warns GOP majority 'will not forget' if companies turn over phone records to Jan. 6 committee

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California warned telecom companies that the "Republican majority will not forget" if they hand over phone records to congressional investigators.
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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy warned that "a Republican majority will not forget" telecommunications companies that turn over phone records to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.

More than 30 companies, including Apple, AT&T and Verizon, received a request from congressional investigators Monday to preserve phone records.

"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.”

McCarthy did not specify which federal law.

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The Jan. 6 committee has not identified whose phone records it seeks to preserve. According to CNN, the list includes loyal supporters of former President Donald Trump, including Republican Reps. Jim Jordan of Ohio, Lauren Boebert of Colorado, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Mo Brooks of Alabama and Matt Gaetz of Florida.

"These telecommunications companies, if they go along with this, they will be shut down, and that's a promise," Greene told Tucker Carlson in an appearance Tuesday night on Fox News.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California warned telecom companies that the "Republican majority will not forget" if they hand over phone records to congressional investigators.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California warned telecom companies that the "Republican majority will not forget" if they hand over phone records to congressional investigators.

Letters sent out Friday sought records from social media companies.

Seven Democrats and two Republicans sit on the committee, which was formed by House Democrats after a Jan. 6 independent commission was blocked in the Senate by Republicans.

Shortly before its first hearing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., denied two Republican nominations to the committee, Jordan and Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., over their votes to contest the 2020 election.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Kevin McCarthy warns companies: Don't turn over Jan. 6 phone records

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