A handful of Republicans within the House of Representatives pressed the FBI for an update on the Capitol riot investigation after stories that senior lawmakers had been briefed on the matter.
Rep. Jim Banks, R-Ind., led a letter with 4 of his House Republican colleagues to FBI Director Christopher Wray citing the report and requesting the “similar briefing” their colleagues reportedly had obtained.
“We respectfully request the identical briefing,” Banks wrote alongside his fellow Republican Reps. Rodney Davis of Illinois, Jim Jordan of Ohio, Kelly Armstrong of North Dakota and Troy Nehls of Texas.
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“If there has not been a briefing to lawmakers, we respectfully request to obtain a briefing on the standing of the investigation,” the group continued, giving the FBI a deadline of Sept. 25 to offer a briefing.
In a Friday assertion to Fox News, Banks stated that the “credible stories” illustrated that “the FBI discovered the January 6 assault wasn’t centrally coordinated.”
“But House Democrats nonetheless say they think Republicans plotted an rebel, and that’s why they need to seize our personal communications,” Banks continued.
The congressman known as on Wray to “affirm to Congress what everybody already is aware of — that there isn’t a substance behind Democrats’ efforts to smash 230 years of Congressional precedent and spy on their colleagues.”
“This has by no means occurred in America, nevertheless it’s occurred in different so-called democracies,” Banks stated. “We know the place this leads. If House Democrats can snoop on their colleagues’ personal information, there’s no restrict on what they will do to you.”
The letter comes after the choose committee on the Capitol riot issued subpoenas to acquire lawmakers’ information in regard to the riot.
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Republicans have pushed again on the subpoenas, with Rep. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., sending a letter to 13 telecommunication corporations warning of authorized repercussions ought to they hand over the information.
The FBI didn’t instantly reply to Fox News’ request for remark.
Houston Keene is a reporter for Fox News Digital. You can discover him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.