A U.S. Congressional committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill has asked 35 phone, email and social media companies to keep records that may be relevant to its investigation. Reuters quoted a source to say that these files include those of U.S. President Donald Trump, Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.
In a statement revealing the data retention requests, a spokesperson for the Jan.6 House of Representatives inquiry committee, led by Democrat Bennie Thompson, said he had “sent letters to 35 entities in the private sector, including telecommunications, email and social media. companies, directing them to keep records “that may be” relevant “to the commission’s investigation.
“The select committee is gathering facts at this stage, not alleging any wrongdoing on the part of an individual,” the statement added.
This was the latest round of requests from the House committee after last week ordering federal agencies and social media companies to turn over files related to the violence and the events leading up to it.
Trump supporters stormed the Capitol as Congress gathered to certify Biden’s victory. Nearly 600 people have been arrested in connection with the attack.
(With contributions from agencies)