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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R. Calif.,) holds a news conference at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., August 24, 2021.

Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy vowed to use the power of a future Republican-dominated Congress to penalize tech companies that fulfill the January 6 committee’s requests for private user data.

If it consolidates control of both chambers in the 2022 midterms, the GOP “will not forget” that these firms forfeited this information, namely phone and email records, to the panel investigating the Capitol riot, McCarthy promised. He said that by surrendering the data, these companies would “put every American with a phone or computer in the crosshairs of a surveillance state run by Democrat politicians.”

He slammed Democratic Representatives Adam Schiff and Bennie Thompson as well as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, accusing them of trying to “strong-arm private companies to turn over individuals’ private data.”

On Monday, the commission started acquiring phone records associated with the January 6 incident from telecommunications and social-media companies. The body issued letters to over 30 companies, including tech giants like Microsoft and Google as well as major cell carriers like AT&T and Verizon, asking them to retain records from April 1, 2020, to January 31, 2021, CNN reported.

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