The Hill reports:
The pushback from Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) comes after committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told reporters this week that he plans to ask telecommunications companies to turn over the records of several hundred people, including lawmakers.
“Rifling through the call logs of your colleagues would depart from more than 230 years of Congressional oversight. This type of authoritarian undertaking has no place in the House of Representatives and the information you seek has no conceivable legislative purpose,” Banks wrote in a letter to Thompson.
The Indiana Republican called the push for records “a desperate partisan act that would only further reveal the political nature of the Select Committee.”
Yahoo News reports:
Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) is urging his party to punish every lawmaker investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol if Republicans take back the majority in 2022.
“When we win back the majority next year, we have a duty as Republicans to hold every member of this committee accountable for this abuse of power, for stepping over the line, by preventing them from being in positions of authority,” Banks told Fox News host Tucker Carlson.
“Take them off any committee, get them as far away from positions of power as you can because they’ve shown us that by threatening to do this that they abuse their power, wherever they are.”
As you may recall, McCarthy attempted to seat Banks on the committee but Pelosi wasn’t having it.
Republican Congressman from Indiana attempts to obstruct January 6 Select Commission to hide potential communications between his colleagues and the insurrectionists who attempted a coup d’état. https://t.co/AjRHtFrb9l
— Eric Garland (@ericgarland) August 27, 2021
.@SpeakerPelosi should immediately disband the sham Jan 6 select committee and refocus it to investigate Joe Biden’s national security failures to make sure more lives aren’t lost in Afghanistan.
— Jim Banks (@RepJimBanks) August 27, 2021
New: House Republican Jim Banks tells telecom companies not to comply with expected Jan. 6 committee subpoenas for Trump allies and GOP members’ phone records — what he calls an “authoritarian undertaking”.
— Hugo Lowell (@hugolowell) August 27, 2021