House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the partisan commission she appointed essentially to weaponize the vandalism of last Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol against Americans has drawn another lawsuit – this one from the organizer of the Stop the Steal events – which held a permit for an event that day but never saw it happen.
The lawsuit comes from Ali Alexander, the national organizer of “Stop the Steal,” and names as defendants Pelosi, her partisan commission and individual members such as Reps. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., and Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., who have been aggressive in their attacks on President Donald Trump.
The legal action charges the committee is illegitimate, because it never has complied with the resolution that created it, and its subpoenas are therefore irrelevant.
The new case was triggered by a notice from Verizon that the committee was demanding months and months worth of his private telephone records.
His organization held a permit for a rally that day at the Capitol, but it never was held as a few dozen, or hundred, individuals protesting based on their suspicions of malfeasance in the 2020 election broke into the building – or entered when Capitol police held doors open for them – and vandalized various parts.
Alexander’s operation was set up to hold rallies – hundreds – at where there was no violence.
He was a guest at President Trump’s rally earlier that day, but his own event never was held, the lawsuit charges.
Already, he’s provided information to Pelosi’s committee, but he’s in court now – like a multitude of others – because of her demands for personal information and communications, which the lawsuit charges violate the Stored Communications Act and the First and Fourth Amendments.
The legal filing in federal court charges the committee’s goal is “harassment” of people who may have somehow been connected to that day.
And, it charges, the Democrats’ goal is to create a “permanent nationwide model of intimate political associations and networks with the conservative movement.”
The case against Pelosi’s “Select Committee” charges its members may not constitutionally “interrogate, threaten, intimidate, or chill the political beliefs of U.S. citizens.”
The case was filed by lawyers Jonathan Moseley and Paul Kamenar, who is serving as Alexander’s main attorney.
Moseley explained he was attorney of record, and that “Stop the Steal, LLC” was to encourage all responsible to address the concerns of millions of voters about how their votes were counted.
“‘Stop the Steal’ held many rallies and events in cities around the country over many months, without incident which were 100% peaceful. Stop the Steal never had any relationship whatsoever to any act of violence nor any goal of preventing the certification of the Electoral College vote,” the statement from Moseley explained.
“The nation’s political class is gripped with a Salem Witch Trial like madness which is unable or unwilling to distinguish between approximately 50-250 people who were violent, and the exercise of free speech by hundreds of thousands of peaceful demonstrators,” the statement said. “Hyper-ventilating articles confuse Ali Alexander as helping to organize the 100% peaceful and lawful demonstration at the Ellipse and Washington Monument because it ‘preceded’ some violence at the Capitol.”
But he explained “Stop the Steal” and in fact other events there that day, “had nothing to do with the violent misbehavior of about 50-250 miscreants later in the day.”
Alexander cooperated with the committee by providing hundreds of pages of documents as well as an eight-hour “interrogation” by Pelosi’s committee.
“Although the interrogation of the January 6 Committee was adversarial and hostile, this lawsuit is not because of anything that happened there. It is because of the continued harassment after full cooperation. Alexander realizes that it will never be enough. There must be limits,” the statement about the lawsuit said.
The filing charges the subpoenas are overly broad and excessive, and points out the committee is “investigating political beliefs.”
“Under the U.S. constitution, Congress has no power to conduct investigations or issue subpoenas or command testimony,” the statement on the lawsuit said. “That is why Congress created the Library of Congress and the Congressional Research Service. We loosely talk about Congress conducting ‘oversight’ because Congress funds the Executive Branch agencies and their programs and has to evaluate what is happening to pass a budget or amend programs and policies.”
But, the statement said, “The implied power to investigate does not mean the power to compel unwilling citizens to testify or allow the Congress to rifle through their papers and records. Congress may indulge its curiosity. But the power to compel citizens to appear and for Congress to break down their doors literally or figuratively belonged to King George’s Red Coats. That did not go down well with the American Colonies.”
The lawyers point out Congress does not have the power to investigation or prosecute crimes – that only belongs to the executive branch.
“The star chambers of England and the abuses of the Parliament were among the many reasons for the Colonies breaking away from the United Kingdom. We rejected such practices. That’s why we created the Fourth Amendment,” the lawyers said.
Moseley’s statement said he believes “the Select Committee is already guilty of violating the constitutional rights of Mr. Alexander and others under 42 U.S.C 1983, 1985, and 1986. The Select Committee may not constitutionally interrogate, threaten, intimidate, or chill the political beliefs of U.S. citizens.”
WND had reported only days ago that the challenges to Pelosi’s partisan committee now included a lawsuit by a freelance photojournalist over a subpoena for all her records.
Just the News confirmed freelancer Amy Harris is suing the House committee over its “invasive and sweeping subpoena” of her telephone records.
The commission already was facing other legal actions, including one challenging its legitimacy and another move to make public all of its investigative records, including the communications among members.
Harris has worked for the Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone and is a member of the National Press Photographers Association.
The report explained on that day Harris interacted with protesters but didn’t enter the Capitol, remaining outside with other photographers and obtaining images of the day’s events.
The committee, which is partisan because Pelosi refused to seat the GOP members selected by the minority party and instead recruited two anti-Trump GOP members, Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Rep. Kinzinger of Illinois, has demanded all of Harris’ records from Verizon.
The photographer’s 23-page lawsuit argues that is in violation of “her First Amendment rights as a journalist, her protection under the D.C. Shield law, and her Fourth Amendment right against unlawful search and seizure.
Pelosi’s investigators also are facing a lawsuit from Mark Meadows, former chief of staff to President Donald Trump, over the Democrats’ demands for his telephone records. Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon has been cited with a criminal complaint over his refusal to comply with committee demands, and already has demanded information about communications between the committee members and other evidence, to which he is entitled as a defendant.
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