MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell sued the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol on Wednesday in an effort to block the panel’s bid to obtain his phone records through a subpoena.
The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court of Minnesota, is the latest legal action filed by allies of former President TrumpDonald TrumpMissouri state GOP lawmaker resigns for Florida consulting job Trump to attend fundraiser for midterm candidates Biden meatpacking reforms lack punch, say critics MORE against the Democrat-led panel as it seeks to collect records of communications related to the insurrection and events leading up to it.
Lindell’s suit says the House select committee issued Verizon a subpoena for all of his records of communication on a designated cellphone number between Nov. 1, 2020, and Jan. 31, 2021. Wednesday was the deadline to file a challenge in court before Verizon would comply with the request, it said.
Lindell is arguing that the subpoena violates his First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights. The lawsuit also claims individual members of the select committee “acted without authority because they were not validly organized as a House committee” under the rules of the House.
The lawsuit falsely asserts that Reps. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyCheney: Republicans who stuck by Trump ‘will not be judged well by history’ Jan. 6 panel to seek Hannity’s cooperation: report The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Altria – Jan. 6 Capitol attack back in spotlight MORE (Wyo.) and Adam KinzingerAdam Daniel KinzingerCheney: Republicans who stuck by Trump ‘will not be judged well by history’ McCarthy says Democrats using Jan. 6 as ‘partisan political weapon’ Five takeaways from polls marking Jan. 6 anniversary MORE (Ill.), the only two Republicans on the panel, were “removed from the Republican Caucus” and therefore “have no legitimate power to issue enforceable subpoenas.” The lawsuit then points to two House rules focusing on standing committees and party membership.
Cheney and Kinzinger, however, are both still members of the Republican Party and the House Republican caucus.
The lawsuit also claims that House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyCheney: Republicans who stuck by Trump ‘will not be judged well by history’ Twitter’s Marjorie Taylor Greene ban fuels GOP attacks on ‘Big Tech’ Democrats’ loose talk of ‘disqualification’ still dangerous MORE (R-Calif.) was not consulted regarding nominations to the panel. The Republican leader did, however, recommend five GOP lawmakers for the committee before yanking the picks because of Pelosi’s opposition to two of them.
Additionally, Lindell argues the subpoena “exceeds the authority of the Select Committee” because it requests “records that are far beyond the scope of the Select Committee’s investigation.”
Lindell is requesting the subpoena be invalidated or that he be given the opportunity to review requested information before it is given to the committee so he “may assert any applicable claim of attorney-client or other privilege” before it is presented to the committee.
The lawsuit argues the subpoena is “a veiled effort to conduct an unauthorized criminal investigation, and it is not in furtherance of a valid legislative purpose.”
The House select committee declined to comment on Lindell’s lawsuit when reached by The Hill. The Hill reached out to Verizon for comment.
Former Trump White House chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsJan. 6 panel releases Hannity texts, asks for cooperation Jan. 6 panel to seek Hannity’s cooperation: report Jan. 6 panel chair says ‘significant testimony’ shows White House ‘had been told to do something’ MORE, attorney John Eastman, far-right radio host Alex Jones, Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich, and conservative pundit and onetime Trump White House adviser Sebastian GorkaSebastian Lukacs GorkaGOP Senate candidate says Fauci is ‘mass murderer,’ should be jailed rather than ‘hero’ Rittenhouse Greitens Senate bid creates headache for GOP YouTube bans Sebastian Gorka’s channel after repeated violations MORE have all filed lawsuits in response to subpoenas from the committee.
Lindell was a vocal supporter of former Trump in the aftermath of the 2020 presidential race, arguing that the election was rigged in favor of President BidenJoe BidenOvernight Energy & Environment — Manchin raises hopes on climate spending Missouri state GOP lawmaker resigns for Florida consulting job Joe Manchin stood up for West Virginia values MORE. He has been a leading proponent of the false claims that manipulated voting machines were behind a fraudulent outcome.
In the days after the Jan. 6 attack, Lindell was photographed at the White House following a meeting with Trump. Zoomed-in images taken by Washington Post photographer Jabin Botsford offered a glimpse of the notes Lindell had with him, which included mentions of “martial law if necessary” and the “Insurrection Act,” an 1806 statute that allows the president to deploy troops to suppress civil disorder or actions of insurrection.
Lindell’s lawsuit is the latest legal action against the Jan. 6 committee as it works to investigate the fatal riot. The businessman’s lawsuit was filed one day before the one-year anniversary of the attack.