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Wednesday, September 01, 2021

McCarthy threatens companies that comply with Jan. 6 probe's phone records requests -- Congressional committees have routinely subpoenaed data from private companies, but the House minority leader says a future GOP majority "will not forget."

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"McCarthy called out Rep. Adam Schiff (D-Calif.), Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for what he called "attempts to strong-arm private companies to turn over individuals' private data." He asserted that such a forfeiture of information would "put every American with a phone or computer in the crosshairs of a surveillance state run by Democrat politicians."

"The Select Committee is investigating the violent attack on the Capitol and attempt to overturn the results of last year's election," a committee spokesperson said in a statement, responding to McCarthy's threat.

"We've asked companies not to destroy records that may help answer questions for the American people. The committee's efforts won't be deterred by those who want to whitewash or cover up the events of January 6th, or obstruct our investigation."

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'Member when McCarthy refused to ask companies to save phone records when the GOP was investigating Biden's kid?

Me neither.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2021-09-01 12:19 AM | Reply

McCarthy has lost the plot.
Or was he in on it?
C'mon, Kev, inquiring minds want to know.
(P.S. You will never be Speaker, lol.)

#2 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2021-09-01 07:39 AM | Reply

You know who wants to block investigations?

Guilty people.

#3 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-09-01 08:08 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 6

Marjorie Taylor Greene, appearing on Fox News, took McCarthy's threat a step farther, proposing to shut down any firms that cooperate with the investigation.

You gonna shut down Verizon and cut off phone service for 120,000,000 people?

Good luck with that three toes.

You're a joke and your threats are laughable.

#4 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-09-01 08:13 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

They won't forget until it comes election time and they have their hands out for campaign contributions. Suddenly all these new found moral ethics will vanish like fog being hit by sunlight.

#5 | Posted by BBQ at 2021-09-01 08:31 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Aren't these kind of people the same ones cheering on the surveillance state and the patriot act with cries of if you have nothing to hide you don't have to worry.

#6 | Posted by TaoWarrior at 2021-09-01 08:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

"proposing to shut down any firms that cooperate with the investigation"

Fascists, speaking as fascists, and for the record.

#7 | Posted by Zed at 2021-09-01 08:45 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#4 - one and the same.

#8 | Posted by jakester at 2021-09-01 08:55 AM | Reply

It's either a crime to request this information or it's not.

McCarthy says it's a crime. I see nobody at this point arguing with him.

which means what?

I would imagine no telcom company would comply with such a request from this committee unless they were sure it was legal.

Where does this go? The courts will have to rule on this request?

Then we can deal with the threats...which I would hope is also a crime.

#9 | Posted by eberly at 2021-09-01 09:47 AM | Reply | Funny: 3

Obstruction of Justice.
Charge him and lock him up.

#10 | Posted by YAV at 2021-09-01 10:04 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

The law says they must comply, Eberly.
McCarthy didn't say it was a crime.
Where are you getting that?
He's threatening anyone that complies with him and the Republicans changes the law when they get back in power to punish them.

#11 | Posted by YAV at 2021-09-01 10:06 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

www.cnn.com

"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," the California Republican said in a statement he posted to Twitter. "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."

#12 | Posted by eberly at 2021-09-01 10:09 AM | Reply | Funny: 1

Eberly, don't tell us you've suddenly and conveniently developed a conscience over something that's been happening for as long as telephones have existed...

#13 | Posted by snoofy at 2021-09-01 10:16 AM | Reply

Methinks that they have something that they need to hide here. The folks on the committee need to be loudly and publicly asking what they are trying to hide, then get the records and show what they were trying to hide. These folks probably aren't all that good at criming.

#14 | Posted by bus_driver at 2021-09-01 10:46 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

---- you, Qevin.

#15 | Posted by LegallyYourDead at 2021-09-01 11:11 AM | Reply

... attempts to strong-arm private companies to turn over individuals' private data." ...

He is an elected official, a leader of the Republican Party. While some small part of the data may be private, I've proffer that most is not, that most is in the public interest.

So have the House committee excise those parts where he is talking with his wife about bringing home a loaf of bread after work.


#16 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-09-01 11:23 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"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,"

I'll yeild the "he said" point about violation of federal law, but McCarthy's full of s**t about that. He's either lying or flat out stupid (or both). It's illegal not to comply with a lawful subpoena.

McCarthy's in over his head. He knows he's guilty AF on this, too.

#17 | Posted by YAV at 2021-09-01 11:47 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

It's either a crime to request this information or it's not.

McCarthy says it's a crime.

#9 | Posted by eberly

You can never resist the chance to jump in and give the benefit of the doubt to a proven liar can you?

#18 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2021-09-01 12:08 PM | Reply

@#17 ... He's either lying or flat out stupid (or both). It's illegal not to comply with a lawful subpoena. ...

I'd want rep McCarthy to say exactly what is a crime, and why it is a crime.

... If these companies comply with the Democrat order to turn over private information, they are in violation of federal law ...

Which federal law? And why does that law apply here when there is a subpoena requesting the data?

There's this from the cnn article cited in #12

...McCarthy's office would not provide CNN with a specific federal statute that a company would be in violation of if it complied with a duly empaneled congressional committee.

McCarthy's threat to companies could run afoul of a House rule prohibiting members from acting in ways that discredit the House, according to ethics rules expert Norm Eisen. ...


That does make it interesting...


#19 | Posted by LampLighter at 2021-09-01 12:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Exactly as expected, Lamplighter. Good job to CNN for pushing McCarthy the Liar to back it up.

#20 | Posted by YAV at 2021-09-01 12:38 PM | Reply

"If companies still choose to violate federal law, a Republican majority will not forget..."

If it walks like a threat and talks like a threat....

#21 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-09-01 12:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

The QOP has become a government within a government.

It has set itself apart.

#22 | Posted by fresno500 at 2021-09-01 03:38 PM | Reply

Methinks the lady doth protest too much...

#23 | Posted by Tor at 2021-09-01 03:52 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

So this is the job of Republican Congressmen/women now? Threatening America's corporations? Maybe he'll get trampled in a Repub. rally, and be onset by Covid symptoms while recovering.

#24 | Posted by Yodagirl at 2021-09-01 03:52 PM | Reply

It's like the police telling you that you have to do something or something is against the law. I would say if you are questioning it there is probably about a 90% chance they are wrong. Police I have learned know little about the law and just want you to "respect their authoritah"...

#25 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-09-01 04:42 PM | Reply

" Police I have learned know little about the law and just want you to "respect their authoritah"..."

And keep in mind: they're taught to meet resistance with twice that resistance.

#26 | Posted by Danforth at 2021-09-01 04:53 PM | Reply

And keep in mind: they're taught to meet resistance with twice that resistance.

#26 | Posted by Danforth

I dare say you meant ten times that resistance.

#27 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2021-09-01 05:15 PM | Reply

McCarthy and Trump have the same wiggle when they walk. In Florida.

#28 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2021-09-02 09:15 AM | Reply

#21 - Threatening Republican Party corporate contributors is not sound party leadership. FULL STOP

Corporations are people, too.

#29 | Posted by getoffmedz at 2021-09-02 09:30 AM | Reply

This is a simple process that the telecoms respond to hundreds of times per day. You send a preservation letter, which is what this is, they aren't turning anything over yet, just preserving the records as they stand on the day of the request. Then Congress will follow up with lawful subpoenas at which time the telecoms will be legally bound to turn the records over. There is nothing illegal about what he committee is doing, they have subpoena power. According to Chairman Thompson, they have information that some if not all of those records will move their investigation forward so they also appear to have probable cause which is a necessary element for getting the records.

#30 | Posted by _Gunslinger_ at 2021-09-02 11:32 AM | Reply

A day without McCarthy is like a day without ScumShine.
Hero Warship

#31 | Posted by LesWit at 2021-09-02 11:43 AM | Reply

McCarthy says it's a crime.

#9 | Posted by eberly

Adam Schiff says it's not. Currently it is a request. Soon it will be a subpoena.

Who do you believe?

Do you really think it's not legal for congress to request this info in a congressional investigation?

#32 | Posted by donnerboy at 2021-09-02 02:41 PM | Reply

It is clearly obvious that about a half-dozen republicans are
in this thing up to their ears... Of course they are going to play
that 'Old Republican Hole Card of Bullying and Threatening' to save
their own skins...

#33 | Posted by earthmuse at 2021-09-03 05:59 AM | Reply

Why has Qevin not been hit with obstruction of Congress charges?

You can just imagine his howling and crying if a democrat did that.

#34 | Posted by Nixon at 2021-09-03 10:15 AM | Reply

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