House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s partisan committee appointed to “investigate” the Jan. 6 events in Washington in which thousands gathered for a rally with President Trump already has announced plans to target Republicans with its reports.
That was the day hundreds from the rally went to the U.S. Capitol and there, handsful became violent, breaking windows and doors and vandalizing.
Democrats on Pelosi’s panel already have announced that they want tech companies to preserve all the records of GOP members who were at the rally, or talked with the president, or had any link to what went on that day.
Now, Republicans have responded, also contacting many of the same tech companies and insisting the records of prominent Democrats be preserved for possible future investigations.
Pelosi’s panel has openly claimed the events in January amounted to an “insurrection,” an attempt to overthrow the U.S. government, even though among the hundreds arrested for offenses such as trespassing, no one has been accused of insurrection.
But committee chief Rep. Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, confirmed there is an “exhaustive” list assembled by his party that will generate a “subpoena storm,” according to reports.
Constitutional expert Jonathan Turley of George Washington University earlier warned that such an act was not productive.