Mark Meadows files suit against Pelosi’s Jan. 6 committee

United States Representative and former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows surprised many when he filed a lawsuit against the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack.

The suit, filed in the federal district court in D.C. against the committee, cites their unconstitutional violation of House rules, according to a report in Breitbart News

While the suit is a threat to the committee’s very existence, CNN and other mainstream media outlets have called the suit a last-ditch effort by a desperate man to avoid a subpoena or to please former President Donald Trump.

“The lawsuit makes some familiar arguments, such as that the committee is violating the Constitution’s separation of powers by encroaching on executive privilege,” Breitbart News reported.

“Former Trump aide Stephen K. Bannon, who is being prosecuted by the supposedly apolitical Department of Justice for contempt of Congress, is making the same case against his subpoena in federal court.”

Though his methods are unconventional, the point he makes is very much reasonable. The former White House staffer said that the January 6 committee violates its own terms and ability to allow a resolution. 

Meadows cited resolution, H. Res. 503 which provides that the committee “shall” consist of 13 members, five of which “shall be appointed after consultation with the minority leader.”

Currently, the committee has nine members, seven of whom a Democrats and two are Republicans hand-picked, not by the minority leader. 

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (D-CA) did reportedly pick five members for the committee, but Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) rejected those members in an unprecedented step that ensure the inquiry’s overtly anti-Trump bias. 

Meadows has several other concerns, including that of the chair’s ability to subpoena without speaking to the ranking member from the other party, something this committee doesn’t have.