The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol riot has been written off by Republicans as a partisan witch hunt against former President Donald Trump and his inner circle associates, especially as the 2022 midterm elections draw near.
The Republican National Committee (RNC) decided to do something about the sham committee and filed suit against the committee, citing “its First and Fourth Amendment rights were violated when the panel subpoenaed Salesforce, a software company it used for fundraising efforts,” the RNC said. Unfortunately, this week, a judge rejected the suit, The Hill reported.
Judge Timothy Kelly of the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia penned a 53-page opinion on Sunday shooting down the RNC’s attempt to file suit against the Jan. 6 House committee.
“The subpoena’s demand for this information does not seek the disclosure of confidential internal materials and does not add to the RNC’s burden,” the federal judge wrote.
NEWS: A federal judge has resoundingly rejected the RNC’s lawsuit against the Jan. 6 select committee, which is seeking data about whether the party’s messaging/fundraising efforts after the 2020 election helped stoke violence at the Capitol. Story TK https://t.co/1KDrVENaVH
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He added: “For the information the parties acknowledge exists but is currently confidential—such as the performance data of the RNC’s email campaigns during this period—the strength of the Select Committee’s interest in this information outweighs any actual burdens imposed by its disclosure to the Select Committee.”
The RNC’s chief counsel, Matt Raymer, understandably wasn’t thrilled with Judge Kelly’s ruling, who also ruled that the organization’s Fourth Amendment rights were not, in fact, violated as a result of the congressional subpoenas.
Raymer indicated that he “strongly disagrees with this ruling,” but added that the RNC’s legal team will use the allotted time to appeal the decision, as the judge gave them until May 5 to do so.
While the RNC might have taken a loss on paper, it’s still important for the organization, and others, to take such legal actions, as it will continue to tie up the Jan. 6 House committee with burdensome legal obstacles, which is the very least it deserves to have to deal with.