Alex Jones, the founder of InfoWars, has filed a lawsuit against House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and the Jan. 6 committee who used subpoenas in an attempt to force Jones to testify in front of Congress and release his phone records. The lawsuit was filed in a Washington D.C. district court on Monday.
In the lawsuit, Jones discloses his plan to plead the Fifth Amendment if obligated to appear before the committee set for Jan. 10. Jones also plans to assert his First and Fourth Amendment rights to “decline to produce the documents requested by the Select Committee.”
The complaint in the lawsuit suggests Jones “engaged in constitutionally protected political and journalistic activity under the First Amendment, that the Fourth Amendment guarantees him a right of privacy in his papers, and that he is entitled to due process and the right to remain silent under the Fifth Amendment.”
According to the Washington Examiner, Jones offered to provide written answers to questions for the committee, but the committee declined and demanded he appears for a deposition on Jan. 10.
The committee proceeded to subpoena Jones in November, demanding he release documents pertaining to the Jan. 6 Capitol breech.
“Mr. Jones spoke at the January 5th rally on Freedom Plaza that was sponsored by the Eighty Percent Coalition. Mr. Jones has stated that he was told by the White House that he was to lead a march from the January 6th Ellipse rally to the Capitol, where President Trump would meet the group and speak,” the committee wrote. “Mr. Jones has repeatedly promoted unsupported allegations of election fraud, including encouraging individuals to attend the Ellipse rally on Jan. 6 and implying he had knowledge about the plans of the former President with respect to the rally.”
Former Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows also filed a lawsuit against the Jan. 6 committee, claiming the committee lacks authority to subpoena his personal phone records or directly issue subpoenas at him.
“Allowing an entirely partisan select committee of Congress to subpoena the personal cell phone data of executive officials would work a massive chilling of current and future Executive Branch officials’ associational and free speech rights,” the lawsuit claims.