September 26, 2022

Mark Meadows files suit against the Jan. 6 committee

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) made headlines when he filed a lawsuit in federal district court against the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack Wednesday. 

According to a report in Breitbart News, the politician and former White House Chief of Staff is arguing in his suit that the committee is patently unconstitutional and in violation of House of Representatives rules.

Meadows claims in his lawsuit that the committee is attempting to violate the Constitution’s separation of powers by encroaching on the executive privilege that former President Donald Trump exercised while he was in office. 

In his suit, the North Carolina Republican also points out that the committee violates its own terms, enabling an attack on its existence that is being called a “serious” one: 

“H. Res. 503, provides that the committee “shall” consist of 13 members, five of which ‘shall be appointed after consultation with the minority leader,'” Breitbart’s report cited.

“But the committee only has nine members, seven of whom are Democrats, and only two of whom are hand-picked anti-Trump Republicans. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rejected the five members chosen by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-CA), an unprecedented step to ensure a one-sided inquiry.”

Additionally, the suit highlights that while the committee chair of various House committees can subpoena, his power to do so is not absolute, and H. Res. 503 requires the chair of the committee to consult with the ranking member before issuing a subpoena for a deposition. 

Since there is no ranking Republican member, Meadows asserts that the subpoenas are, in effect, invalid and non-enforceable. 

CNN and other mainstream media outlets have reported on the suit, calling it a last-ditch effort by someone man desperate to avoid his own subpoena. However, it is not Meadows that appears to be desperate to move, whether inside or outside the law. 

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