Stephen Miller, the former Trump adviser known for pushing the administration’s family separation policy at the U.S.-Mexico border, is suing to block the Jan. 6 committee from obtaining his phone records. the combination argues that the requested phone records contain sensitive family information and notes that Miller is still on his parents’ T-Mobile cellphone plan.
The Jan. 6 committee originally subpoenaed him in November, noting that Miller pushed for misinformation about voter fraud after the 2020 election. Miller also disputed that. “There is no evidence that Mr. Miller played a role in what happened there or otherwise engaged in any unlawful efforts to interfere with the peaceful transfer of power to the Biden administration,” the report said. trial.
The phone records of the family plan that the committee is looking for technically belong to a limited partnership, Carron Drive Apartments LP (also named as a plaintiff in the lawsuit), and the record indicates that the plan is used by the mother and father of Miller, Miriam and Michael, and their children.
“Mr. Miller is, and has been, the user of a cell phone number assigned by T-Mobile (and formerly by Sprint Communications) to the Carron Drive Family Plan account for at least 10 years,” the lawsuit states. The filing later acknowledges that, yes, Miller “used the phone number assigned to his family plan account for personal and business communications during the time period indicated by the subpoena” (specifically, from November 1, 2020 to November 31, 2020). January 2021).
Miller in the lawsuit attempts to fend off the subpoena by arguing that during the House committee’s investigation period, he also used his cell phone to “consult with doctors and other medical professionals” about medical issues. related to his wife and their young daughter. “These medical consultations concerned sensitive and private matters that are unrelated to the work of the select committee,” the filing said.
The lawsuit also argues that the subpoena request is “too broad” and could lead to T-Mobile handing over data and information for other numbers in the family plan. There’s also a free-speech argument against the subpoena, as well as an ostensible allusion to the Red Scare-era blacklisting, with the suit calling Miller’s cellphone records a “modern equivalent.” of a list of members”.
The lawsuit even adds that the select committee, in its effort to investigate an attempted insurrection and an alleged effort to overturn the results of a Democratic election, “abuse” [its] authority to investigate political adversaries, describing their opposition with a broad brush as insurgents and domestic terrorists”.