Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows is suing the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
In the lawsuit filed on Dec. 8 in the United States District Court in Washington, D.C., Meadows is asking the court to block the enforcement of the subpoenas the Committee issued against him and to Verizon for his phone records, describing them as “overly broad and unduly burdensome.”
Meadows further alleged in the 43-page complaint that the Committee issued the subpoenas “in whole or part without legal authority in violation of the Constitution and laws of the United States.”
“The Select Committee acts absent any valid legislative power and threatens to violate longstanding principles of executive privilege and immunity that are of constitutional origin and dimension,” the complaint said.
The lawsuit came after the Committee signaled that it would hold Meadows in criminal contempt of Congress if he refused to appear for a scheduled deposition on Dec. 8 after he said that he was no longer cooperating in the investigation.
Meadow’s attorney, George Terwilliger III, sent a letter to the panel that said that Meadows “must decline the opportunity to appear voluntarily for a deposition,” claiming that Congress had no authority to conduct the investigation.
Prior to Meadow’s decision stop cooperating in the investigation, he had turned over about 6,000 pages worth of relevant documents to the Committee.
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