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Breaking: Patriots Sue January 6 Select Committee and Verizon

Most activities of the exclusively Democrat-appointed January 6 House select committee remain secret. That’s about to change as at least seven witnesses targeted by the select committee are suing to block or limit Verizon subpoenas, The American Spectator has exclusively learned.

They’ve held just one open hearing whilst hauling in Trump allies, former White House officials, and Stop the Steal organizers behind closed doors for private depositions.

These depositions are called “executive sessions” where former DOJ lawyers and other investigators grill witnesses in an attempt to find wrongdoing. Committee staffers attempt to serve these witnesses up for their bosses — anti-Trump members of Congress. 

It is unconstitutional for any congressional body to pursue criminal investigations.

The select committee’s stated purpose is to explore better ways to keep the Capitol building secure and create policies that do so. That’s not what Nancy Pelosi and her minions are doing. They’re conducting a massive data-gathering expedition to create a blacklist of Trump allies, and, if possible, set up criminal charges against them.

I covered this issue on Wednesday, where Nancy Pelosi and her Democrats are looking to sweep up the entire conservative movement’s records through the 100-plus subpoenas they’ve issued. Make no mistake, tens of thousands of Republicans and conservatives are being swept up in the demand for records from Verizon, AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile.

In that special report for The American Spectator, we broke exclusive news concerning former Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and Stop the Steal’s Ali Alexander.

This select committee is a hoax and maybe a bigger one than the Trump-Russia hoax where it was the Democrats actually benefiting from Russian and Ukrainian oligarchs intending to interfere with American domestic politics.

Meadows is suing the committee over his two subpoenas, one for documents and another compelling a private deposition, and a subpoena to Verizon. This week, four Trump-aligned political consultants and constitutional lawyer John Eastman have filed suit against the committee according to court complaints filed early this week. U.S. district courts in both Washington, D.C., and New Jersey now have the Verizon subpoenas before them. The American Spectator has learned that Ali Alexander will, in fact, be part of similar action by the close of the week.

Paul Kamenar, Alexander’s attorney, revealed during a phone interview Wednesday that Alexander feels motivated to protect not only his own civil rights but those who don’t know that these sort of wide-ranging subpoenas even exist. “​​Mr. Alexander has a job to do as well and that is to protect the constitutional and civil liberties he started a movement around.”

Seven witnesses are suing the committee. All seven of these witnesses have complied with the committee turning over troves of documents and even, like Meadows, phone and text records. None of these witnesses have acted contemptuously of Congress, though this committee certainly deserves contempt. But the select committee witnesses feel the general warrant goes too far with asking third-party corporations, like Verizon, for thousands of data points on each of them. Mark Meadows’ records alone probably have the information of nearly every congressperson and their aids, not to mention friends and family.

Why Verizon? What about the other phone carriers?

Well, it looks like Verizon is the only company that notified their customers of the demand by the committee before handing over the trove of personal data.

Rumors are circulating that AT&T may have sent out limited notifications after they gave the committee subscriber records. The American Spectator is investigating.

Federal courts in New Jersey and Washington, D.C. will determine whether Nancy Pelosi and Bennie Thompson have gone too far.

When the committee did receive some text messages from Meadows, they doctored the texts between him and Jim Jordan, the Federalist reports. The committee is not abiding by the privacy rules it promised. The committee was always a political hit job. Reading private texts messages confirms it.

America was founded, partially, on the idea that general warrants were illegal and forced citizens to be compelled to take self-incriminating actions they otherwise wouldn’t.

This story is developing and promises to be a historic civil rights battle. The implications affect all Americans, most especially corporations and conservatives. Democrats are targeting political enemies as they seek to mitigate their losses in 2022 and stop Trump from having the option to run in 2024.

We’ve still not heard back from the American Civil Liberties Union or Project on Government Oversight, which we reached out to for comment on Wednesday.

Where is Leader Kevin McCarthy? He wants to be Speaker of the House. It’s time he act like it. Conservative leaders like David Bossie and Ed Messe are calling for action. Eleven of McCarthy’s more conservative colleagues just got wrapped up in this baseless persecution. Trump staffers and Stop the Steal have had to suffer the brunt of this by themselves. Now, it’s tens of thousands of Americans. 

Why does Liz Cheney still enjoy the comfort of the House Republican Caucus? She’s being funded, like the Lincoln Project and like so many former Republican allies, by far-left Democrats. Wyoming Republicans have already booted her. 

If Nancy Pelosi’s exclusively appointed select committee can issue general warrants, America has been fundamentally transformed into something we cannot recognize. 

The Democrats have gone too far. They’re undermining the Constitution and destroying civil liberties protections unmolested by Republicans under the darkness of a secret select committee. The battle over the Verizon subpoenas should be known and public. Will congressional Republicans stand for Americans’ civil liberties or will they stand aside and let Democrats abuse American citizens and the rule of law? So far, Republican House and Senate leadership have silently watched as conservatives, even their own congressional members, have been persecuted by a committee violating their own rules, never mind the Constitution. That needs to change.

Melissa Mackenzie
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Melissa Mackenzie is Publisher of The American Spectator. Melissa commentates for the BBC and has appeared on Fox. Her work has been featured at The Guardian, PJ Media, and was a front page contributor to RedState. Melissa commutes from Houston, Texas to Alexandria, VA. She lives in Houston with her two sons, one daughter, and two diva rescue cats. You can follow Ms. Mackenzie on Twitter: @MelissaTweets.
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