Former Trump Lawyer Sidney Powell Sues Verizon in Dallas News
DALLAS — A Dallas-based attorney and former lawyer for Donald Trump filed a lawsuit this week against Verizon to prevent the disclosure of phone records and data to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. American.
In January 2022, the House Select Committee investigating January 6 announced that it had issued subpoenas for close allies of the former president, including his former lawyer Sidney Powell, who is a member in practicing bar in Texas with an office in Dallas.
In the committee’s letter to Powell, he sought all the evidence she had to support the voter fraud allegations she made on Trump’s behalf.
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According to court documents, Powell also argues that one of his phone records that the committee subpoenaed from Verizon in connection with the Jan. 6 investigation should not be disclosed for several reasons, including attorney-client privilege. the lawyer and a violation of his First Amendment. rights.
Powell’s attorney said his client had “no involvement in the events of January 6, but the DOJ is looking for records containing client liens held by numerous clients.”
The lawsuit also argues that Verizon’s Feb. 4 subpoena for its phone records violates the Stored Communications Act, which states that an electronic service provider “shall not knowingly disclose to any person or entity the content of a communication while it is stored electronically at this service.”
Similarly, the suit also argues that the subpoena violates the Telecommunications Act of 1996 by searching the “contents of an electronically stored communication” without the permission of Powell or the law.
According to court documents, Powell also believes his First Amendment rights were violated because the subpoena is too broad and no “governmental interest could be material enough to allow him to delve into every phone call or receipt.” by Powell over a three-month period. period.
The lawsuit further alleges that the subpoena violates the Fourth Amendment on unlawful search and seizure.
Ultimately, Powell’s lawsuit against Verizon alleges that the company is acting beyond its authority and that the subpoena served on it is both illegal and unenforceable.
Powell made similar statements about alleged fraud surrounding the 2020 presidential election, and was so firm in his stance that the rest of Trump’s campaign legal team – including former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani – eventually distanced himself from his actions.