After revealing that the House Select Committee was subpoenaing his telephone records, Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow has brought a suit against them.
Lindell, an ally of former President Donald Trump who has pushed similar unproven claims of mass fraud in the 2020 election, revealed the committee’s actions in a text to CNBC.
“I wasn’t there on January 6th and yes they did subpoena my phone records but we filed a complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief against the January 6th committee and Verizon to completely invalidate this corrupt subpoena,” he wrote.
Lindell claimed that he was notified by Verizon of his subpoena less than two weeks prior.
SCOOP. Mike Lindell CEO at MyPillow says that his phone data have been subject to subpoenas by the @January6thCmte. I asked him if he received a Verizon notice about his subpoena nearly a week before.
– He filed a legal complaint today to try to block the subpoena.https://t.co/Rau57JXC9t
— Brian Schwartz (@schwartzbCNBC) January 5, 2022
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Mike Lindell Sues the January 6th Committee
Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow filed a suit against the Jan 6th committee before the U.S. District Court of Minnesota.
“Lindell is arguing that the subpoena violates his First Amendment and Fourth Amendment rights,” The Hill reports.
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The business mogul also makes a specious claim that the panel has no authority “because they were not validly organized as a House committee” under the rules of the House.
Lindell is arguing that 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.”
BREAKING NEWS: Trump’s ally Mike Lindell filed suit against Pelosi, House Jan. 6, committee and House Democrats over the subpoena of his phone records. The subpoena, he claims, violates his religious freedom and other rights. Via @nicholaswu12 https://t.co/MBevK9pNkd
— Josh Gerstein (@joshgerstein) January 6, 2022
RELATED: Ex-Trump Chief of Staff Mark Meadows Sues the January 6 Committee Nancy Pelosi
Suits piled up
The former White House Chief Of Staff Mark Meadows escalated his fight with the House Select Committee investigating the Jan 6th riot at Capitol and sued the committee along with Nancy Pelosi.
Subpoenas from Verizon regarding private telephone records were a major reason for the suit.
CNN reported that Meadows asked a federal court to “block enforcement of the subpoena the committee issued him as well as the subpoena it issued to Verizon for his phone records.”
Former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows is suing the House committee investigating January 6 and House Speaker Nancy Pelosihttps://t.co/KVaO0nMh38
— CNN Breaking News (@cnnbrk) December 8, 2021
Apart from Meadows, Lindell and far-right radio host Alex Jones and Taylor Budowich (Trump spokesman), John Eastman is an attorney and former Trump White House advisor. Sebastian Gorka have all filed lawsuits in response to subpoenas from the committee.
The select committee’s pursuit of records from Verizon is a clear attempt to gain access to messages from political opponents that can be leaked and released as a means to selectively embarrass those involved.
Rep. Liz Cheney published text messages last month from Meadows that showed several Trump associates at the Capitol riot, urging him to make a condemnation statement.
The committee has been trying to portray January 6 as a planned attack on the Capitol, but Cheney’s stunt backfired when the messages showed associates of Trump caught completely off guard by events that day.
Ahahahaha… @RepLizCheneyEmails were released that showed nobody was co-ordinating anything.
— Rusty Weiss 🇺🇸 (@rustyweiss74) December 14, 2021
The select committee did admit that it had altered a text message submitted by Adam Schiff to support its case. It was between Meadows (R-OH) and Rep. Jim Jordan.
The original text of the text contained a summary in three paragraphs from a briefing given by Joseph Schmitz to Meadows. Jordan forwarded it.
Schiff claimed that the text message came from Jordan, but rather than being forwarded information. He reduced the summary to just one paragraph and added a period in order to give the impression of the complete statement.
A graphic was even designed by the committee, complete with similarity to a chat icon logo. It makes it seem as though it were a single message.
The following are the breaking news @FDRLST reporting that Adam Schiff and his staff doctored a text message between Jim Jordan and former WH chief of staff Mark Meadows, the House Jan. 6 committee has just admitted that it did, in fact, doctor the text message.https://t.co/78aRNyOib7
— Mollie (@MZHemingway) December 15, 2021
Former Trump White House adviser Steve Bannon was indicted by a federal grand jury on two contempt-of-Congress charges related to his refusal to testify and provide documents to the committee.
Nine Republicans voted with Democrats to discredit Bannon.
In December, the House voted to place Meadows under criminal contempt of Congress.