The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol has obtained the phone records of former President Donald Trump’s son, Eric, and those of Kimberly Guilfoyle, who is engaged to Donald Trump Jr.
According to CNN, the phone logs were obtained with a subpoena:
It appears to be the first time the select committee has issued a subpoena that targeted a member of the Trump family, in what marks a significant escalation of the investigation into Trump’s role in the January 6 insurrection. The decision to subpoena communication records involving the Trump family underscores the aggressive tack the committee is taking as it races to complete its investigation while battling Trump in court over access to documents from his administration.
Phone records will show who communicated with whom when it came to planning the Jan. 6 insurrection which left five people dead. They will also help the committee determine if there was a larger conspiracy involving individuals who may have been able to remain anonymous until now.
Eric Trump and Guilfoyle were instrumental in the attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election:
Both Eric Trump and Guilfoyle played prominent roles in Trump’s “Stop the Steal” efforts, including fundraising off the lie that the election was stolen. Both spoke at the January 6 rally on the Ellipse that preceded the attack on the Capitol.
The records may also help the committee flesh out the text messages and phone records it has received from others, like former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, as well as fundraisers and rally organizers.
So far, the Jan. 6 committee has issued subpoenas for the phone records of 100 individuals as they continue to investigate who was responsible for the violence that took place on that day.
The records the panel now has are very specific and came from multiple devices, CNN notes:
The newly obtained records include the cell phone number used by Eric Trump, according to sources familiar with the number. The cell phone number for Guilfoyle was confirmed by sources familiar with her number and her text messages. The committee previously identified this number as Guilfoyle’s number in text message exchanges with other witnesses.
Though it hasn’t yet been confirmed, it’s safe to assume the committee has also subpoenaed the phone records and logs of devices belonging to the ex-president and his son, Don Jr., both of whom are also under investigation for allegedly illegal financial dealings by the Trump Organization.