Granthshala News obtained a copy of the notice sent to a private customer from AT&T whose phone record was submitted by the committee on January 6.
Unique — Granthshala News obtained an amended copy of the notice AT&T sent to a private citizen customer after the company received a subpoena from the House 6 committee for that person’s phone records.
“AT&T Global Legal Demand Center responds to subpoenas addressed to AT&T companies,” the document, which includes a copy of the summons, says. “We have received an attached congressional subpoena directing AT&T to disclose information about you, your account, or one or more phone numbers associated with you.”
The notice continues, “As a courtesy, we are sending this notice on file to your address so that you can oppose the summons.” It added that the company will respond to the summons by December 16 unless the customer takes legal action to contest the summons.
Personal details about the subject’s recipient, including the phone number being summoned, have been modified from a document obtained by Granthshala News. A summons is a comprehensive request for an electronic record linked to a specific phone number.
This includes all authorized users of a certain account, the email addresses associated with it, the length of service with the Company, each phone number on the account, electronic serial number, “[a]Activation and expiration date of each device associated with the account,” “[a]ny and all number and/or change in account number” and “[o]Customer number or identification,” including temporary IP address.
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Most notably, the summons sought to record “all calls, messages, (SMS and MMS), Internet Protocol (‘IP’), and data-connection details associated with phone numbers, including all phone numbers, IP addresses or devices . which communicates with phone numbers through delivered and undelivered inbound, outbound and routed calls, messages, voicemails and data connections.”
A GOP source told Granthshala News this week that the summons were sent not only to AT&T but also to T-Mobile and Verizon. Neither of those companies directly responded to requests for comment. But the Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association (CTIA) reached out to Granthshala News with a statement.
“While the CTIA is not aware of the specifics of any request, wireless carriers are compelled to comply with lawful subpoenas and do so every day,” the CTIA said.
The summons is signed by Representative Benny Thompson, D-Miss, the chairman of the committee on January 6th. The committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment from Granthshala News. Neither did ranking member Liz Cheney, R-Vyo’s spokeswoman.
The summons follow protection orders issued to telcos in August for a string of data belonging to multiple individuals. It’s not clear whose records the committee is now summoning, but a GOP aide with knowledge of the summons said the committee has not yet issued any for the phone records of members of Congress.
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“The committee has moved forward with issuing subpoenas to telephone companies,” the GOP aide said Wednesday. “Our understanding at this point is that they have not provided member information, but they are summoning the telephone records of private US citizens.”
“We’re not going to go much further than what we’re issuing. But we’re going to get through — we’ll totally be, we’ll get to the bottom,” said Jan. 6 committee member Representative Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., Wednesday. told Granthshala News when asked about the summons for the phone records of private citizens.
“I won’t say anything on that right now,” he added when pressed again.
When asked about such a summons, Cheney simply said “no comment.”
The January 6 committee is tasked with investigating the attack on the Capitol earlier this year by a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump. The attack came after Trump falsely claimed to have won the presidential election for months.
Democrats say the committee is key to making sure the January 6 repeat never happens. Most Republicans say this is a highly partisan witch hunt to hurt Republicans and the former president.
Granthshala News’ Bill Mears contributed to this report.