McCarthy has spoken out loudly against the move, threatening that “a Republican majority will not forget” which telecommunications companies will comply with the committee’s request. The panel has also requested that McCarthy’s phone records be kept as part of the investigation.
Kinzinger said on CNN’s State of the Union that the committee “has legal authority to go through the process of requesting such things. At the moment we just said that we want these records to be preserved. ”
“Then turn back,” he said, “and have ominous discussions with these telecommunications companies that if we take power it will be different or we will pay back, frankly this is not the Republican Party I remember. and the Republican Party I remember ever joined. “
Kinzinger said McCarthy’s comment was “bad politics”.
“Is it a disability? I don’t know what is considered obstruction of a Congressional investigation, but I would definitely recommend that he never go back, ”he added.
He said that if lawmakers question the work of the committee, there is a process for your lawyers and your people to stand up against. But it’s not about going on TV and telling these companies that they will regret it. … It’s a pretty scary place in this world for me. “