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January 6th Committee Sued By Photojournalist Over Unconstitutional Subpoena

January 6th Committee Sued By Photojournalist Over Unconstitutional Subpoena

The January 6 Committee, which is supposedly very concerned about “protecting democracy,” continues to trample over the Constitutional rights of anyone in its crosshairs.  Last week, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Oh.) correctly pointed out that Democrats have ‘weaponized ‘the government against their political enemies. “Adam Schiff did what other Democrats do. When they spied on Trump’s campaign altered evidence, we saw the lawyer he took to the FISA Court to get that warrant. So this is nothing new with the left. But it’s scary because it’s the weaponization of government against their political enemies, and that is as wrong as it gets.”

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While some ‘Republicans’ such as Liz Cheney have succumbed to this assault on our Constitutional rights or even encouraged it, others are pushing back.  Photojournalist Amy Harris has sued the January 6th Committee for violating her first amendment rights by demanding her phone records.  The DC Patriot Reports

The Select Committee issued a subpoena to Harris’ cell phone provider, Verizon, for records of calls and texts she received and made three months before January 31, 2020.. Verizon said it had planned to comply with the subpoena unless Harris took legal action, which she did.

On December 15, Harris sued the Committee for issuing the subpoena over its demands for her telephone records and arguing that her communications are protected by the First Amendment, common law, and the District of Columbia’s shield law.

Harris’ lawsuit argues that not only does this subpoena violate her First Amendment rights, it also violates other laws that protect journalists from revealing confidential sources, according to a Washington Post report.

“Demanding journalists’ telephone records reveal confidential sources from third parties is tantamount to demanding the records from the journalists themselves. A journalist’s promise to maintain confidentiality would be meaningless if a source’s identity could be discovered,” part of her complaint argues.

The lawsuit reads, “The subpoena violates the core protections afforded to journalists pursuant to the First Amendment.  “Furthermore, it seeks to undermine these fundamental protections without affording Harris fair notice and opportunity to challenge its legality by demanding the records be turned over just two weeks after the subpoena was issued.”

Cross-posted from 100% Fed Up

Notes from the Editor

There are a couple of things of note here.

First, we can look to Apple; when the federal government demanded Apple give them the codes protecting the privacy of their customers, they refused, said the government had no right to do this. Yet, Verizon was more than willing to hand over all data unless a court order was obtained to stop this.

And before some of you get upset, I am not defending the terrorists who fired on our sailers in this case, I am thinking about every American who is using an Apple device. Also, Barr should not have demanded the codes, he should have gone to the courts, asked Apple to provide the data, thus leaving the codes to hack this security away from government control. This is why Apple refused in the first place, the FBI was demanding Apple create a code, hand it to them, which would allow the FBI to hack into any person’s iPhone, I would have refused this as well. Again, we ALWAYs must err on the side of protection.

It seems Congress forgets its power; it is there to protect the American people, not use partisan excuses to violate our rights. Companies should honor this, demand court-ordered warrants, or maybe we should reconsider doing business with them. Our right to privacy supersedes the witch hunt that Congress is now involved with.

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The other problem, and it is shameful, is that people like Cheney, Kinzinger, and other GOP members are willing to throw our rights out the door to satisfy their hatred against Trump. These people don’t deserve to be elected again; they should be recalled. They have forgotten the reason they are in office. They are not there to represent their animosity; they represent the will of the people they were elected by.

This is what is lost, and if our Senators or Representatives are not willing to be our mouthpieces, why do we continue to reelect them? Republican, Democrat, it does not matter, we don’t elect people to represent a party, that they are part of a party is not a big deal, but they should remember at all times, it is not the party; instead, it is us that they are elected in to be a voice for. We need to start a movement that demands this, it should be bipartisan, but it should be applied to all elected officials.

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About The Author

Timothy Benton

Student of history, a journalist for the last 2 years. Specialize in Middle East History, more specifically modern history with the Israeli Palestinian conflict. Also, a political commentator has been a lifetime fan of politics.

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