by Ben Whedon
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jim Jordan on Thursday served Bank of America with a subpoena, seeking information related to the firm’s voluntary sharing of customer data with the FBI to aid its Jan. 6 investigations.
“In 2021, BoA provided the FBI—voluntarily and without any legal process—with a list of individuals who made transactions in the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area using a BoA credit or debit card between January 5 and January 7, 2021,” the Judiciary Committee stated in a press release. “When that information was brought to the attention of Steven Jensen, the FBI’s then-Section Chief of the Domestic Terrorism Operations Section, he acted to ‘pull’ the BoA information from FBI systems because ‘the leads lacked allegations of federal criminal conduct.'”
The committee further stated that it had identified documents suggesting the FBI sought to explore a litany of financial transactions from the data, including prior firearm purchases.
House GOP investigators in May launched a probe into the bank’s voluntarily providing private consumer data to the FBI after reports made the move public. At the time, Jordan and Kentucky GOP Rep. Thomas Massie asked CEO Brian Moynihan to provide them with information related to the banks’ compilation of said customer data.
“[T]he Committee has received 223 pages of documents responsive to our original requests,” Jordan wrote to Moynihan on Thursday. “However, to date, BoA has refused to provide the Committee and Select Subcommittee with the filing it turned over to the FBI.”
“Accordingly, and in light of your lack of compliance with our earlier voluntary request, please find attached a subpoena from the Committee on the Judiciary to compel the production of the requested documents,” Jordan concluded. “To the extent that any responsive documents to the subpoena include information such as customer names, addresses, credit card numbers, birth dates, or social security numbers, the Committee requests that the information be redacted to protect personal identifiable information.”
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