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GOP threats to hurt companies complying with Jan. 6 committee have no teeth, lawyers say

“Republicans like McCarthy should realize that threatening companies for actions they dislike works counter to conservative principles. It’s like trying to work the refs, and it’s not right,” said Carl Szabo, a vice president and general counsel at NetChoice, an advocacy group that represents companies, including Amazon and Google, that oppose government regulation of online platforms.

“Ultimately, telecom and tech businesses are forced to recognize statements by lawmakers but should do what’s best for their customers, investors, and advertisers — every business will have to weigh the political risks and do what’s in their best interest,” said Szabo.