RNC Files Lawsuit Against Pelosi, Jan. 6 Committee, and Its Members

WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a lawsuit against Nancy Pelosi, the January 6th Committee, and its Members:

“The RNC has sued to stop the January 6th Committee from unlawfully seizing confidential information about the internal activities of the Republican Party and millions of its supporters which is completely unrelated to the attack on the Capitol. Nancy Pelosi and the Committee have weaponized Congress’ investigatory powers by issuing this staggeringly broad subpoena which tramples on core First Amendment rights of the RNC and millions of Americans. The RNC is challenging this unconstitutional overreach so that one of America’s two major political parties may not use the force of government to unlawfully seize the private and sensitive information of the other,” said Justin Riemer, RNC Chief Counsel.

RNC Files Lawsuit Against Pelosi, Jan. 6 Committee, and Its Members

WASHINGTON – Today, the Republican National Committee (RNC) filed a lawsuit against Nancy Pelosi, the January 6th Committee, and its Members:

“The RNC has sued to stop the January 6th Committee from unlawfully seizing confidential information about the internal activities of the Republican Party and millions of its supporters which is completely unrelated to the attack on the Capitol. Nancy Pelosi and the Committee have weaponized Congress’ investigatory powers by issuing this staggeringly broad subpoena which tramples on core First Amendment rights of the RNC and millions of Americans. The RNC is challenging this unconstitutional overreach so that one of America’s two major political parties may not use the force of government to unlawfully seize the private and sensitive information of the other,” said Justin Riemer, RNC Chief Counsel.

Background:

  • The Republican National Committee (RNC) is suing Nancy Pelosi and her January 6th Committee.
  • Pelosi’s committee has subpoenaed Salesforce.com (Salesforce) for the RNC’s data without any legitimate basis.
    • Digital communication has revolutionized how political parties and other non-profit organizations to operate, allowing organizations to interact virtually with millions of Americans and becoming a central and core component of political activities.
    • Salesforce collects and maintains significant amounts of RNC data, including confidential and sensitive information about private individuals with whom the organization has engaged, ultimately helping develop and execute political strategies.
  • The RNC had nothing to do with the violence that occurred at the Capitol and has repeatedly condemned it.
    • In fact, the RNC was a target of violence and had a bomb placed outside of RNC headquarters, which put our staff in immediate danger and is something the committee has yet to investigate.
  • Pelosi and the committee are weaponizing and abusing Congress’ investigatory power.
    • The committee’s subpoena is so broad, it jeopardizes exposing the personal and private data of up to 60 million Americans and strategy on things like our Election Day turnout operation and the Georgia Senate runoffs.
    • This information has nothing to do with January 6th, and there is simply no reason the committee needs personal and private information on millions of Americans.
  • Pelosi’s committee is illegitimate, having rejected two Republicans that McCarthy appointed to the Committee – Reps. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Jim Banks (R-IN) – an abuse of power for purely political reasons.
  • Pelosi’s committee has dramatically exceeded its scope, having issued hundreds of wide-ranging subpoenas and demanded records well beyond the scope of the events of January 6th.
  • Pelosi’s committee has disregarded checks and balances and has no respect for due process.
    • Pelosi’s committee is unconstitutionally attempting to exercise law enforcement authority, with The New York Times reporting  that the committee “is employing techniques more common in criminal cases than in congressional inquiries.”
  • Congressional committees are supposed to write laws, not run politicized investigations for the purpose of prosecuting their political opponents.
  • Pelosi is attempting to kneecap the RNC for political gain while trampling on free speech and freedom of political association.
  • If Pelosi and her committee want to look at candidates and committees who lie to their donors to dupe them out of money, they should look at Democrats.
  • To read the full lawsuit, click here.