Jan. 6 panel pauses on enforcing subpoenas for RNC records

The Republican National Committee has referred to Salesforce's subpoena as a "fishing expedition", which could expose donors' personal information and RNC strategies.

Jan. 6 panel pauses on enforcing subpoenas for RNC records

The House panel that is investigating the Jan.6 riot has agreed not to enforce a subpoena for information from a vendor who provides data and digital communications work to the Republican National Committee.

Wednesday's House panel decision was to defer the pursuit of the records request, while the RNC challenges it in court.

In an attempt to stop the Salesforce subpoena from being issued, the RNC sued Nancy Pelosi (House Speaker) and the Jan.6 committee. The RNC described the Salesforce subpoena as "overbroad" because it was part of a "fishing expedition" which could expose its strategies or personal information about its donors and members.

Tim Mulvey, a House committee spokesperson, refuted that description, saying in a statement that the Jan. 6 panel had "issued an subpoena [to] an email fundraising vendor to help investigators understand how false, inflammatory messaging in the weeks preceding January 6th, the flow and whether contributions were directed to the stated purpose."

Mulvey stated that "this action does not have anything to do with getting private information about voters or donors."

Salesforce was required to provide the requested information by Wednesday, according to a subpoena issued to it on February 23. The Jan. 6 committee filed a joint file in Washington, D.C. federal court case Wednesday. It agreed to delay enforcement for two weeks so that all three parties -- RNC, House, and Salesforce -- could present their arguments before a judge.

The RNC has voiced its disapproval of the Jan.6 committee, especially the two GOP legislators on the nine-member panel. The RNC censured Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) for their participation in the committee's criticism of President Donald Trump.

Cheney and Kinzinger were described in the censure resolution as "participating" in a Democrat's persecution of ordinary citizens engaged with legitimate political discourse. Ronna McDaniel, RNC Chairwoman later said it was discourse that had nothing to do "with violence at Capitol."


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