Roger Stone sues January 6 panel in bid to block access to phone records
The longtime ally of former President Trump says committee's subpoena violates his First and Fourth Amendment rights
Longtime Donald Trump ally and political adviser Roger Stone has filed a lawsuit to try to prevent AT&T from turning over his phone records to the Democrat-controlled House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
The panel subpoenaed Stone's phone records for Nov. 1, 2020 to Jan. 31, 2021, which Stone argues in the suit filed Thursday is too broad and a violation of his First and Fourth Amendment rights.
The suit also claims Democrats on the committee will, if they get ahold of his records, be able to map out a series of contacts and connections of their political opponents.
"The billions of data points yielded can recreate not just intimate relationships, but also locations and movements, creating a virtual CAT-scan of the select committee's political opposition, likely, as reported, including even their own colleagues in the House," Stone's attorneys argue.
Stone was questioned by the committee late last year, during which he invoked his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination.
The committee — which has so far interviewed over 500 witnesses, announced 80 subpoenas and received over 63,000 documents — hopes to conclude its investigation by early spring.
Stone has repeatedly denied that he was at the Capitol on Jan 6, 2012.
In 2020, he was sentenced to more than three years in prison for making false statements and obstructing the investigation of Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller, who was looking into possible collusion between the 2016 Trump presidential campaign and Russia. His sentence was first commuted, and he was later fully pardoned by then-President Trump.