Former Trump aide Mark Meadows sues to overturn cellphone record subpoenas

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) continues to push for information from former President Donald Trump’s inner circle regarding the events preceding a riot on Capitol Hill in January.

Now, the Washington Examiner reports that former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows has filed a lawsuit against the congressional panel for threatening to pursue criminal charges if he does not comply with its demands.

“Overly broad and unduly burdensome”

Reports indicate he is asking a federal court in D.C. to shut down the committee’s request for his personal cellphone records.

The committee recommended criminal contempt charges against Meadows after he announced that he would no longer be cooperating with demands from its partisan members.

He apparently decided not to provide any more information following a subpoena for his Verizon records, which his lawyers denounced as “overly broad and unduly burdensome” and without any “valid legislative purpose.”

Meadows argued that he was placed in the “untenable position” of abandoning Trump’s assertion of executive privilege in order to satisfy the subpoenas. His attorneys depicted the request as an effort to intimidate and silence GOP rivals. The committee is also being accused of asserting powers that should remain in the realm of law enforcement.

Attorneys for the one-time top Trump aide denounced the “novel and sweeping vision” of congressional authority currently being pursued by the Jan. 6 committee.

“Novel and sweeping vision”

“This subpoena represents an attempt to extend Congressional fact-finding authority beyond even the powers of the Executive Branch, which cannot obtain this kind of information without a warrant,” the lawsuit claims.

Meadows addressed the issue personally during a Fox News Channel interview on Wednesday, telling host Laura Ingraham that he was the target of a “fishing expedition.”

Of course, committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and fellow member Liz Cheney (R-WY) dismissed the lawsuit in a statement, predicting that it “won’t succeed in slowing down the Select Committee’s investigation or stopping us from getting the information we’re seeking.”

The investigation extends even further than those around Trump ahead of the riot, as Fox News personality Tucker Carlson reported this week.

Members of the panel have reportedly subpoenaed phone and bank records of private citizens who questioned the results of the 2020 election and took part in planning the peaceful rally that preceded a breach of the Capitol building on Jan. 6.

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