“The majority of the social media companies are cooperating with the probe,” the House select committee said in a statement. “However, we need to receive much more information and the Select Committee will use whatever tools are at our disposal to get the records we’re seeking.”
The committee could use its subpoena power to seek the records but so far hasn’t used that tactic. The committee is referring to the 15 social media companies, including Facebook, Twitter, Google and YouTube, that have been asked to turn over a range of records related to company policies dealing with extremism, misinformation and foreign influence.
The committee did not specify which companies haven’t provided information it needs.
These document requests are different than the preservation requests that the committee sent to 35 social media and telecommunication companies to preserve phone records, among other types of records, in the event the committee needs them.
The committee also said that government agencies are cooperating with records requests and that they are working with the National Archives to obtain documents from the Trump White House, noting the archives must go through procedural hoops before handing the information over.
“The Select Committee is also aware that the National Archives has undertaken the process required by law for identifying records and notifying relevant parties,” the statement read.
In general, the committee reported that it has received “thousands of pages of records” and it is beginning the work of reviewing those documents.