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Capital Riot panel pushes to withhold RNC data before public hearing

The House select committee probing last year’s Capitol riots is no longer pushing the Republican National Committee to hand over documents ahead of next month’s public hearing.

In a Sunday filing, House lawyers said the schedule set by a federal appeals court panel “makes it clear that the information at the core of this case … several weeks.”

“Therefore, this information may only be useful for additional hearings later this year and/or for the final final selection committee report recommending legislative action,” they wrote.

The committee initially subpoenaed software company Salesforce in February for email data between Election Day 2020 and January 6, 2021 — suggesting in the process that the RNC’s messaging and fundraising efforts during that time had affected then-President Donald Trump. claims of electoral fraud.

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The RNC responded by filing a lawsuit against the committee in early March, calling the request “unconstitutional redundancy.”

However, his efforts to block the request were thrown off earlier this month, when a federal judge determined that the subpoena was not “overbroad.”

The committee initially summoned software company Salesforce in February for email data between Election Day 2020 and January 6, 2021.
Associated Press Photo/Ivan Vucci, file
Violent rebels loyal to President Donald Trump stand outside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington.
Violent rebels loyal to former President Trump stand outside the US Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington.
Associated Press Photo/Jose Luis Magana, File
The RNC responded by filing a lawsuit against the committee in early March, responding to the request.
The RNC responded by filing a lawsuit against the committee in early March, calling the request “unconstitutional redundancy.”
Associated Press Photo/John Minchillo

The RNC immediately appealed the decision and a three-judge panel granted an injunction, preventing the committee from obtaining the records and setting a schedule for the debate to be held in the coming weeks.

The Select Committee’s legal team wrote, “The Select Committee is considering the information it now has and may obtain in connection with attempts by multiple entities to deliberately spread false statements, alleging that the 2020 election had been stolen.”

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“But the Selection Committee recognizes that Salesforce documents will not be available on the timeline required for use at its hearing. The Selection Committee no longer solicits Salesforce documentation overly expeditiously, and the Selection Committee will seek its own information on these and other related issues.” Will continue to evaluate requirements as additional material potentially becomes available from other sources.

The panel’s lawyers have said they are trying to resolve the legal battle over the RNC record by the end of August.

The first in a series of public committee hearings is scheduled for June 9.

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