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The House committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the US Capitol is asking social media and telecommunications companies to preserve phone or computer records.
The House wants to examine hundreds of people who were potentially involved with efforts to "challenge, delay or interfere" with the certification that day of President Joe Biden's victory or otherwise try to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
In a letter on Monday to 35 companies, the committee's Democratic chairman asks for the preservation "of records relating to certain individuals who hold or have held accounts with your company" from April 2020 through January 31, 2021.
The committee did not release the list of individuals targeted, but it includes former president Donald Trump, members of his family and several of his Republican allies in Congress, according to a person familiar with the confidential request who requested anonymity to discuss it.
"The Select Committee seeks the preservation of these records as part of its examination of the violent attack on the Capitol and the broader context of efforts to delay or interfere with the peaceful transfer of power following the 2020 election," Chairman Bennie Thompson of Mississippi wrote in the letters to the companies, which range from mobile phone giants AT&T and Verizon to social media outlets like Facebook, Twitter and TikTok to conservative and far-right platforms Parler, 4chan and theDonald.win.
The letters are the third such request as the committee gathers information on the origins of the riot and the details of what happened that day.
The probe could take months or even years, as the Democrat-led panel conducts interviews, holds public hearings and prepares a comprehensive report on how the mob was able to infiltrate the Capitol and interrupt the certification of Biden's presidential victory. It was the most serious assault on Congress in two centuries.
Among the hundreds of names are Trump's and those of several family members, including his children Donald Jr., Ivanka and Eric, according to the person familiar with the request.
Also on the list are several of Trump's most ardent Republican allies in Congress, including GOP Representatives Mo Brooks of Alabama, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Jody Hice of Georgia, Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Lauren Boebert of Colorado and Madison Cawthorn of North Carolina.
Several of those House members spoke to Trump as the rioting was unfolding. Their names were first reported by CNN as on the committee's list.
Thompson wrote in the letter that the individuals listed "may have relevant information to aid the fact finding of the Select Committee," but notes that inclusion on the list "should not be viewed as indicative of any wrongdoing by that person or others."
The panel also asks the companies to preserve information about individuals who have been charged with crimes associated with the January 6 attack and those who were listed on permit applications for Trump's rally immediately preceding the siege or were otherwise involved in "organising, funding or speaking" at rallies of Trump supporters on January 5 and January 6.
The request comes after the panel demanded a trove of records from federal intelligence and law enforcement agencies last week.