Tucker Carlson spoke to Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) about House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's special committee on January 6. Carlson asked Greene about the committee's move to ask major wireless carriers like AT&T to turn over the personal communications of members of Congress. This would include storage information.
"After what America has been through, especially this past week and what the Joe Biden administration has done, leaving Americans behind in Afghanistan, service dogs, arming the Taliban. Now they want to drag Americans and American tax-payers through another witch-hunt," Greene told Carlson. "Just like we saw with Russia-collusion conspiracy lies and what they did to President Trump, spending over $30 million on what turned out to be nothing more than Democrat political warfare. This is what they're trying to do to us."
"But this is leading us into waters we've never been in, in America," Greene said as Carlson nodded his agreement. "America was never meant to be a communist country, but these are the tactics Democrats are wanting to use."
"Demanding your text messages if they don't like your politics?" Carlson asked incredulously. "Now we've been tough on Kevin McCarthy for being weak, but that statement is not weak, that statement is a flat-out promiose, threat, whatever you want to call is. "If you do this, there will be consequences.'"
Carlson was speaking about House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's statement in response to the committee's ask for telecom records. McCarthy wrote that the committee's "attempts to strong-arm private companies to turn over individuals' private data would put every American with a phone or computer in the crosshairs of a surveillance state run by Democrat politicians."
"If these companies comply with the Democrat order to turn over private information," McCarthy said, "they are in violation of federal law and subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States. If companies still choose to violate federal law, a Republican majority will not forget and will stand with Americans to hold them fully accountable under the law."
"If a member of Congress can have our personal cell phone data exposed, so that our Democrat colleagues and unfortunately, some of our so-called Republican colleagues can rifle through, just to hurt us politically in the next election, then we are going into a dangerous place in this country," Greene told Carlson. Greene promised to shut down the telecommunication companies that go along with Pelosi's plan.
It was on Monday that Pelosi's Jan. 6 select committee expanded its scope to demand that telecommunications companies deliver phone records of certain GOP lawmakers.
Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson said that phone records requests would be submitted for "several hundred" people.
Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) spoke against the move, saying "Rifling through the call logs of your colleagues would depart from more than 230 years of Congressional oversight. This type of authoritarian undertaking has no place in the House of Representatives and the information you seek has no conceivable legislative purpose."
"I have nothing to hide," Jordan said, but went on to say that "if they cross this line," Republicans will keep up their questioning as well. Many GOP lawmakers' records are believed to be among those requested, including: Reps. Lauren Boebert (CO), Marjorie Taylor Greene (GA), Jody Hice (GA), Jim Jordan (OH), Andy Biggs (AZ), Paul Gosar (AZ), Mo Brooks (AL), Madison Cawthorn (NC), Matt Gaetz (FL), Louie Gohmert (TX), and Scott Perry (PA).
McCarthy had appointed GOP lawmakers to the committee, among them Reps. Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio, both of whom were disallowed by Pelosi. She instead opted to appoint Reps. Liz Cheney (WY) and Adam Kinzinger (IL), both of whom have substantially fallen out of favor with Republican Congressional leadership.