Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows has sued House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the other members of the Jan. 6 House select committee for its “unconstitutional” overreach after the group said they would file contempt charges against him.
The lawsuit arose following the committee’s plan to file contempt charges against Meadows moved forward after he pleaded the Fifth Amendment in response to their subpoena.
Letter from Bennie Thompson to Mark Meadows’ attorney concludes:
“The Select Committee is left with no choice but to advance contempt proceedings and recommend that the body in which Mr. Meadows once served refer him for criminal prosecution” pic.twitter.com/ahiwtgTaub
— Alayna Treene (@alaynatreene) December 8, 2021
“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 lawsuit read.
“Without intervention by this Court, Mr. Meadows faces the harm of both being illegally coerced into violating the Constitution and having a third party involuntarily violate Mr. Meadows rights and the requirements of relevant laws governing records of electronic communications,” it added.
Excellent! “Mark Meadows Sues Nancy Pelosi and Every Member of January 6 Committee”https://t.co/c8t1s9wbdq
— Tammy Bruce (@HeyTammyBruce) December 9, 2021
The lawsuit also argues the committee is illegitimate based on its own terms. The original committee was to be formed with 13 members, including at least five Republicans. Only two Republicans are on the committee, neither of which were approved by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA).
The battle continues as Pelosi seeks to drag out the investigation of Jan. 6.