January 6 committee withdraws subpoena for RNC data

But the committee decided the effort to get the data was overtaken by other developments in the investigation, which is expected to be completed by the end of the calendar year.

“Given the current status of its investigation, the select committee has determined that it no longer needs to seek the specific information requested in the Salesforce subpoena,” wrote house attorney Doug. Letter in the nine-page filing, calling the dispute “not applicable.” .”

The letter urged the appeals court panel to dismiss the case.

The decision is almost certain to end a six-month legal saga that included a significant victory for the committee in US District Court in Washington, DC, confirming the structure and mission of the select committee. The victory, for Trump-appointed judge Tim Kelly, boosted the panel’s hopes that it could get the RNC data in time for the public hearings it launched in June. But the appeals court’s three-judge panel — the one that coincidentally included Trump’s three appointees to the powerful DC Circuit Court — suspended the lower court’s decision to consider the matter, dooming the hopefuls. of the panel.

While the panel might have prevailed, the risk of an unfavorable ruling might also have proven too great – the RNC had challenged the legitimacy of the panel based on its structure and its decision to treat Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) Like his ranking. Republican MP. Although several district court judges have upheld this structure, it has never been tested at the appellate court level.

Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson informed the RNC of the decision to withdraw the subpoena in a letter to Salesforce earlier Friday.

The RNC fought the subpoena, in part saying it was an effort by Democrats to scrutinize the party’s tightly held fundraising apparatus and glean information about its strategy. The committee strongly rejected that notion, stressing that it was only looking for information relevant to the post-election period about specific messaging campaigns and the officials who authorized them. But after the committee withdrew, the RNC celebrated the decision.

“We have always said that this subpoena is unconstitutional,” spokeswoman Emma Vaughn said. “This is a victory for free speech, privacy and the right to political association of Americans without fear of partisan reprisals.”

The panel has already interviewed several current and former RNC officials.


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