Investigators working for the Department of Justice and looking closely at phone records to determine if members of Congress communicated and coordinated with some of the rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, resulting in the deaths of five people, including a Capitol police officer who was beaten to death,
CNN reports that the FBI has been especially interested in cell phone data to determine whether the insurrection might have been an inside job, at least in part:
Interestingly, some Republicans were very eager to ask about cell phone metadata this week when FBI Director Christopher Wray testified on the Hill:
“FBI collection of phone metadata and geolocator data — permissible under federal law — was the subject of multiple lines of questions this week by some senators who pressed FBI Director Christopher Wray to reveal what investigators were doing with communications and financial data. Republican Sens. Mike Lee of Utah and Josh Hawley of Missouri suggested at a hearing Tuesday that the FBI could be overstepping its authority by scooping up communications data.”
Hawley, who gave a raised fist salute to the protesters just hours before the Capitol was attacked, sounded especially concerned about what the phone data might reveal:
Isn’t that exactly the same thing Hawley said to the voters of Missouri? And as the world has already seen, the junior senator from the Show Me State cannot be trusted in the least.