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On January 6, dozens of supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the United States Capitol in an attempt to protest lawmakers certifying the results of the 2020 election – riots that claimed the lives of at least five people.

Former U.S. President Donald Trump’s phone records for the Jan.6 Capitol riots may be among those requested by a congressional committee to investigate the events, CNN said, citing unnamed sources.

The sources claimed that aside from ex-POTUS files, those of his daughter and former White House adviser Ivanka, and sons Donald Trump Jr and Eric Trump, were likely among the latest preservation requests.

It comes after the Jan. 6 House of Representatives investigative committee led by Democrat Bennie Thompson asked 35 telecommunications, email and social media companies to keep records that may be “relevant” to the news. panel investigation into the deadly attack on the US Capitol.

The requests have already been sent to telecom giants like AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and US Cellular.

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A crowd of supporters of US President Donald Trump fight with law enforcement officials outside a door they smashed as they stormed the United States Capitol in Washington, USA, on January 6, 2021.

Additionally, messages were sent to a host of social media companies including Facebook Inc, Reddit, TikTok, Twitter Inc, and YouTube.

“The select committee is gathering facts at this stage, not alleging any wrongdoing on the part of an individual,” a spokesperson for the panel said in a statement on Monday.

The statement follows CNBC reporting that the letters of request ask recipients to safeguard any information they may have on people who have been “charged with crimes associated with the [6 January] attack ”by the Department of Justice, as well as people“ involved in organizing, funding or speaking out ”at rallies in Washington that promoted“ objection to certification of electoral college votes ”.

The list of names to submit to telecom companies – including GOP members Marjorie Taylor Greene, Matt Gaetz and Mo Brooks – is said to be still evolving.

Capitol riots

Democrats blamed then-President Donald Trump’s election fraud speech at a rally on Jan.6 for triggering the attack on Congress that day, which left at least five dead.

Trump strongly denied the idea that he pissed off the mob attacking the Capitol, later condemning the violence. He was then impeached by the House a second time for inciting insurgency, but was not sentenced in the Senate.

On January 6, 2021, hundreds of Trump supporters besieged the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying the results of what the 45th President called the most corrupt election in U.S. history . Law enforcement authorities have so far charged around 600 people for participating in the riots.

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