A former lawyer for President Trump is suing Verizon Wireless phone company to prevent them from searching his phone records. John Eastman is also the House Jan. 6 panel to prevent them from investigating his phone records, Eastman previously worked to help former President Trump overturn the 2020 presidential election.
The Washington Examiner reports:
The Jan. 6 committee “is unconstitutionally pursuing law enforcement rather than legislative ends,” argues Eastman in a lawsuit filed on Tuesday in the D.C. District Court. “Congress’s investigative powers are ancillary to its legislative authority and are limited to that extent.”
The lawsuit argues that the Jan. 6 committee’s subpoena to Verizon is invalid for several reasons. First is the allegation that the Jan. 6 committee is attempting to perform a “law enforcement function, rather than genuine legislative activity.”
The former Chapman University professor also alleges that the subpoena violates House rules, as well as his First and Fourth Amendment rights. Finally, Eastman argues that the subpoena “infringes attorney-client privilege.”
Eastman’s lawsuit hopes to have the court declare the subpoena invalid and issue a temporary restraining order that would stop Verizon from complying with Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson’s subpoena.
Verizon is also being sued by four organizers for the Jan. 6 rally to prevent the company from sharing their phone data with the House committee.