Select committee drops bid to obtain RNC records in time for public hearings


The legal fight is over a set of RNC records held by Salesforce, a third party vendor that handled the party’s data and digital operations. The select committee subpoenaed Salesforce for the records in February, seeking metrics from the RNC’s post-election fundraising campaign. The panel says it intends to determine how the RNC’s messaging and small-dollar fundraising efforts amplified false claims that the election was stolen and may have contributed to the radicalization of those who attacked the Capitol on Jan. 6.

The RNC quickly sued to block the select committee subpoena, claiming the effort was a guide to access to internal records and data of a rival political party. But a District Court judge, Tim Kelly, rejected the RNC’s claims. The Trump-appointed judge ruled that the select committee had sought a narrow set of records that fit their mission to unearth the truth behind the attack on the Capitol. Earlier this month, the RNC appealed Kelly’s decision and sought an injunction from the appeals court. A three-judge panel — made up of Trump’s only three appointees to the 11-member court of appeals — granted the injunction last week and set a schedule for arguments that extended to mid-June.

“The Select Committee is considering the information it now has and might receive regarding efforts by multiple entities to spread knowingly false statements alleging that the 2020 election was stolen,” Letter wrote in Sunday’s filing.

“But the Select Committee recognizes that the Salesforce documentation will not be available on the timeline required for use in its hearings. The Select Committee no longer seeks the Salesforce documentation on a highly expedited schedule, and the Select Committee will continue to evaluate its needs for information on these and other related issues as additional material potentially becomes available from other sources.”

The committee is now asking the panel to set a briefing schedule that begins June 24 — just after the hearings are set to close — and extends to late August. The RNC did not oppose the committee’s proposed delay, according to Letter.


Soruce : https://www.politico.com/news/2022/05/29/house-jan6-panel-republican-appeal-00035870

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