An American author and legal scholar is alarmed at the number of subpoenas Democrats drafted, particularly for Republicans, concerning the Capitol riots in Washington on Jan. 6.
“The Democrats’s move to investigate members of the opposing party is a dangerous precedent in an institution that has always protected the privacy and confidentiality of phone and office records,” Jonathan Turley said in an opinion article published by The Hill.
Turley is disturbed to find House Select Committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) wanted to keep secret hundreds of scheduled subpoenas.
“We have quite an exhaustive list of people [and] I will not tell you who they are,” Thompson said of the investigation into alleged insurrection, which continues despite the FBI finding no supporting evidence. “It is not clear that Congress has such enforcement authority for secret subpoenas.”
Democrat House Judiciary chairman Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) denounced the secretive procedure in June 30 statements published on the committee’s official website.
“They deny American citizens, companies, and institutions their basic day in court and, instead, they gather their evidence entirely in secret,” he said in a statement.
In this regard, Turley alluded to Chief Justice John Roberts who claimed congressional subpoenas must be directed to a “valid legislative purpose” and be “related to, and in furtherance of, a legitimate task of the Congress.”
He also cited a similar case in 1957 in which the U.S. Supreme Court ruled the “predominant result can only be the invasion of the private rights of individuals.”
For its part, the Select Committee asked several telecommunications companies to withhold all phone and message records of subpoenaed individuals, which includes Republican representatives allegedly involved in the March to Save America rally.
The request includes emails, call logs and all types of communication on various social media platforms. It also includes records of former President Donald Trump, daughter Ivanka, sons Donald Trump Jr. and Eric Trump, daughter-in-law Lara Trump, and Kimberly Guilfoyle–who is Trump Jr.’s girlfriend and worked on the Trump campaign.
Among those likely to be subpoenaed are Republican Reps. Andy Biggs (Ariz.), Lauren Boebert (Colo.), Mo Brooks (Ala.), Madison Cawthorn (N.C.), Matt Gaetz (Fla.), Louie Gohmert (Texas), Paul Gosar (Ariz.), Jody Hice (Ga.), Scott Perry (Pa.), Marjorie Taylor Greene (Ga.), and Jim Jordan (Ohio).
Some netizens believe the investigation and procedure followed by Democrats is wrong, and even risks their political careers.
“Odd that Congress is insulated from [the] Freedom of Information Act, they are a bunch of corrupt scumbags,” Twitter user Ericntyler commented. “I bet you Nancy [Pelosi]’s fingers were all over the setup false flag of Jan. 6. The FBI has found no evidence of a coordinated insurrection.”
Odd that Congress is insulated from FOIA. They're a bunch of corrupt scumbags. I betcha Nancy's fingers were all over the setup false flag of January 6th. The FBI has found no evidence of a coordinated insurrection…— Rico (@ericntyler) August 31, 2021
“It never mattered whether they had the authority to do anything, considering they have been flouting the Constitution for years with impunity,” Twitter user TiffanieTx1 commented. “They make and break their own rules right in front of our faces.”
It never mattered whether they had the authority to do anything, considering they've been flouting the Constitution for years with impunity. They make and break their own rules right in front of our faces.— Tiffanie (@TiffanieTx1) August 31, 2021