Trump attorney John Eastman has filed a lawsuit against Verizon to prevent the 1/6 committee from getting his phone records.
The lawsuit, filed on Tuesday, said the committee summoned Verizon “without notice” and requested nine categories of data from Eastman’s personal cell phone over a period of three months.
It argues that the committee’s January 6 subpoena of cell phone recordings is invalid for a number of reasons, and claims that the committee is attempting to “exercise a law enforcement role”, that the subpoena violated legal secrecy, that the subpoena was in violation of the First Amendment and Fourth Amendment, and that it was issued in violation of House Rules and the committee’s “own authorization resolution”.
The lawsuit also argues that the 1/6 committee is not valid because the 1/6 committee doesn’t have enough Republicans. The reason the committee lacks Republicans is because Kevin McCarthy refused to participate.
Eastman’s lawsuit is made up of arguments that have already been rejected by the courts twice when Donald Trump tried them in his executive privilege lawsuit. Trump is now hoping the Supreme Court will take his case and John Eastman, who has already announced that he will pass the Fifth Amendment before the committee, is pursuing an obvious stalling tactic that he hopes will buy enough time to to let the clock run down in committee.
The lawsuit will fail.
It is a desperate attempt to keep out of the hands of the committee information that is becoming more and more suspected that Eastman and others could end up in jail.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also the White House press pool and congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a bachelor’s degree in political science. His thesis focused on public policy with a specialization in social reform movements.
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