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Jan 6th Rally Organizers Sue to Prevent Verizon From Turning Over Phone Records

Jan 6th Rally Organizers Sue to Prevent Verizon From Turning Over Phone Records

Four organizers of the January 6th “Stop the Steal” rallies to overturn the results of the 2020 election have sued Verizon in a bid to stop the telecommunications company from complying with a subpoena from the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol, according to new media reports on Monday. At the time they were issued, the Committee released a statement explaining that “the subpoenas seek a range of records that include materials dealing with the planning, funding, and participation in the events and bus tours; social media activity of associated entities; and communications with or involvement of Trump Administration officials and lawmakers.”

In their lawsuit, Justin Caporale, Tim Unes, Megan Powers, and Maggie Mulvaney, who were subpoenaed by the Select Committee in September, argued that the Committee “doesn’t have the proper authority” to obtain the data. The Committee’s subpoena to Verizon requesting call, text, and location information “lacks a lawful purpose and seeks to invade the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights to privacy and to confidential political communications,” the suit says.

The suit says the four who are named have “personally complied” with the committee’s investigation, sitting for “lengthy” interviews and providing “thousands” of documents to congressional investigators. “The Plaintiffs answered every single question about what happened at the event, who spoke, who the Plaintiffs spoke with, and when. If Congress wanted to know anything more about the Plaintiffs’ brief involvement with the events it is allegedly investigating, it needed only have asked,” reads the lawsuit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court in New Jersey.

Investigators are examining connections between the rally organizers and Donald Trump, who highlighted the event on his now-shuttered social media accounts. “Big protest in D.C. on January 6th,” Trump infamously tweeted on December 19, 2020. That was just one of his many tweets calling for people to attend, giving his followers the impression they were specifically invited. “Be there, will be wild!” Many of those who attended the rally and took part have used Trump’s comments as justification for their actions after the rally ended and the crowd, believing Trump would be with them as he promised, eventually breached the Capitol.

 

 

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