The judge’s decision came as two more lawsuits were filed against the committee, bringing to at least 21 the total of potential witnesses or organizations who have sued to trying to block the panel’s efforts to collect information from or about them.
One suit, filed by former Trump adviser Stephen Miller, sought to block the committee from accessing his phone records, arguing in part that the panel is invading his parents’ privacy since he is on their family plan.
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A second was filed by the Republican National Committee, which said one of its vendors, Salesforce.com, had received a subpoena from the committee that it called “overly broad” and sought “nonpublic information on Republican donors, volunteers, and supporters and the internal deliberative processes of the RNC.”
The committee has been investigating how Mr. Trump’s campaign and the Republican Party raised hundreds of millions of dollars from donors while making the false claim that the election had been stolen.
“The Select Committee’s fishing expedition would only serve to chill the RNC’s and its supporters’ First Amendment rights, while providing their political opponents with an all-access pass to confidential RNC political strategies and the personal information of millions of its supporters,” the suit states. “Worryingly, the information targeted is universally for persons opposed to the political party in control of the U.S. House of Representatives and the Select Committee.”
The committee denied that its subpoena seeks the private information of voters or donors.
“The Select Committee issued a subpoena to an email fund-raising vendor in order to help investigators understand the impact of false, inflammatory messages in the weeks before Jan. 6, the flow of funds and whether contributions were actually directed to the purpose indicated,” said Tim Mulvey, a spokesman for the committee. “This action has absolutely nothing to do with getting the private information of voters or donors.”
The Republican National Committee’s chairwoman, Ronna McDaniel, reportedly met with the Jan. 6 panel Wednesday. Its investigators have interviewed more than 550 witnesses.