WASHINGTON – Roger J. Stone Jr., a close ally of former President Donald J. Trump, on Thursday sued members of the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol, demanding that asked a federal court to stop them from obtaining his logs of text messages and phone calls as part of what he considers an attempt to suppress him and other conservatives.
With the suit, also named Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Mr Stone joined at least 19 potential witnesses who are fighting the committee’s subpoenas in court, although the judges so far stand on the panel, ruled that congressional investigators had broad access to evidence for the investigation. Those seeking to use the courts to stop the commission include Mark Meadows, former White House chief of staff, as well as lower-level witnesses who helped organize the protest in Washington, where before the riots at the Capitol.
Mr. Stone’s lawsuit has attacked the legitimacy of the investigation and said the commission’s request for his communications records was “too broad”. In particular, it opposes the subpoena the panel sent to AT&T this month asking for access to his cell phone data including “all calls, text messages and other contact records” regarding his number.
It also searches for information about his IP address, identifying devices on the network; Payment address; list of contacts; call session time; and other metadata spanning a broad time frame from before the 2020 election to a few weeks after the violence at the Capitol: November 1, 2020 to January 31, 2021.
The lawsuit also alleges that the investigative team harassed Mr. Stone because he was part of a conservative movement.
“The selection committee is probing the plaintiff for his political beliefs,” it said, alleging without evidence that the information would be used to build a “huge database.” ” to spy on Mr. Stone and like-minded associates believing in “election integrity” or “skepticism of government.”
Commission investigators consider Mr. Stone an important witness for a number of reasons, including that he, perhaps the only one of those subpoenaed by the committee, had ties to a number of journalists. most famous political organizations and far-right groups involved in protests prior to the Capitol Attacks.
In a ruling in a civil lawsuit last week, a federal judge in Washington noted that Mr Stone had been in contact with the leader of the Proud Boys militia group and then used the Oath Keeper as a detail. security for the rally on January 6, 2021. Members of the Oath-Keepers was accused of ambitious conspiracy about what prosecutors said was their widespread plot to storm the Capitol that day and disrupt the official vote tally in Congress to confirm Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s election victory.
“Stone’s connection to both the president and these groups in the days leading up to January 6 was a begged truth,” said Judge Amit P. Mehta. Written as he allowed the civil lawsuits against Mr. Trump on January 6 to proceed. “Discovery could prove that connection is an important one.”
In December, Mr. Stone appeared before the committee to bring down but invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination on each panel question because, he said, he feared Democrats would fabricate perjury charges.
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Mr. Stone announced he was leaving town as rioters flooded the Capitol and said he condemned the day’s violence as “illegal and politically counterproductive.”
“I am not marching to the Capitol. I wasn’t at the Capitol,” he said.
The committee not only looked at those who carried out the violence, but also how the plan to attract a crowd on the Capitol was born.
Mr. Stone and conspiracy theorist Alex Jones are among the group of Trump allies that meet in and around Willard Intercontinental Hotel near the White House the day before the riots – a meeting the committee viewed as a unofficial headquarters for plans to overturn the election.
He was saw the Nixon victory sign signed by him to supporters and was also photographed January 5 with Michael T. Flynn, the former national security adviser who also served summons and sue the commission.
A spokesman for the committee declined to comment on Mr. Stone’s lawsuit.
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