Pennsylvania Republican gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano has filed a lawsuit against the Jan. 6 committee.
Mastriano filed the lawsuit in federal court on Thursday afternoon. He was subpoenaed in February for his alleged involvement in an alternative election scheme.
In his lawsuit, Mastriano noted that edited clips of the interview could have been used to “inappropriately influence the midterm elections.”
page 21 litigation It has also argued that the committee cannot be forced to testify because they do not have any members appointed by the Republican Party to represent them.
“At the heart of the issue is the lack of a minority leader, or any member designated by the minority party, for the committee,” the lawsuit obtained by Politico said. “Although the court has previously ruled that despite this deficiency, the committee has the authority to issue a subpoena, But no court has ever examined the question of whether that particular committee can comply with the Deposit Regulations, which expressly require certain actions, to rank minority members.”
The complaint explains that this “issue is distinct from previous proceedings, which concerned the establishment of the committee and its ability to comply with the process of issuing a subpoena, which did not address any substantive rights of witnesses. The notice requirement is to consult with members of the ranked minority prior to issuing a subpoena—a requirement designed to protect committee members and ensure that the minority is aware of the actions taken by the majority. However, the requirement does not address any substantive rights of witnesses because The notice does not provide a way for the minority to block or otherwise challenge the subpoena.”
The lawsuit added that the lack of “ranking minority members or minority representatives does affect the substantive rights of witnesses and, as such, must be reviewed in a different manner than in previous lawsuits.”
“Because of the secretive nature of the testimony process, the ordinance relies on a two-party system to create an adversarial process to protect the substantive rights of witnesses without judge or public oversight,” the lawsuit continued. “As here, when a committee lacks any meaningful representation from the minority party, that fundamental purpose is defeated and the committee cannot comply with the regulations.”
The gubernatorial candidate noted that outgoing Rep. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinsinger are not counted because they “follow ideologies that are inconsistent with their party and instead choose to pursue the priorities of the Democratic caucus.”
Mastriano asked a judge to rule that he could not be forced to testify and receive the panel’s legal fees.