Four of the organizers behind the Jan. 6 Stop the Steal rally that eventually led to some rioters storming the U.S. Capitol has filed a lawsuit against Verizon.
Justin Caporale, Tim Unes, Megan Powers, and Maggie Mulvaney are suing Verizon to stop the company from releasing private phone data to the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riot.
The Jan. 6 panel’s subpoena to Verizon, “lacks a lawful purpose and seeks to invade the plaintiffs’ constitutional rights to privacy and to confidential political communications,” says the suit filed Monday in the U.S. district court in New Jersey.
“The plaintiffs answered every single question about what happened at the event, who spoke, who the plaintiffs spoke with, and when,” the lawsuit says. “If Congress wanted to know anything more about the plaintiffs’ brief involvement with the events it is allegedly investigating, it needed only have asked.
“The plaintiffs are four private citizens who were not involved in any federal government activities or programs,” the suit says. “They have only one apparent connection to the matter Congress claims to be investigating: They served as vendors to help staff a peaceful, lawful, orderly, and patriotic assembly to promote First Amendment-protected speech.”
According to Politico, Unes is head of a company called Event Strategies and his associate Caporale was listed as “project manager” for the event. Powers is listed in paperwork as an “operations manager” and Maggie Mulvaney, the niece of former Trump chief of staff Mick Mulvaney, was described as “VIP Lead” for the rally in official paperwork.