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Photojournalist Sues Jan 6 Committee To Block Subpoena 

Amy Harris argues the subpoena violates 'core protections afforded to journalists'

The House Jan. 6 Committee was sued by a freelance photojournalist after it subpoenaed her phone records.

Amy Harris filed a lawsuit in Washington D.C. on Dec. 15 claiming the Committee’s order violates her First Amendment rights. 

Harris photographed the events at the Capital on Jan. 6. Her images appeared on CNN, Rolling Stone, Vanity Fair, and Politico. She has credentials from the New York Police Department and is a member of the National Press Photographers’ Association.

Last month, the Committee subpoenaed Harris’s phone records for a period of three months ending on Jan. 31, 2021 from Verizon Wireless.

“During the time frame of the Verizon Subpoena, Harris was a journalist acting in a news gathering and news disseminating capacity. She was documenting Tarrio and the Proud Boys and used her phone to communicate with confidential and nonconfidential sources in support of that story,” the lawsuit contends. “Therefore, the telephone records sought by the House Select Committee contain information sufficient to reveal the identities of Harris’ confidential sources and are absolutely protected.”

Verizon Wireless intended to comply with the request until Harris filed her suit.

Harris said in the suit that she lost her phone during the events in D.C. and recovered it after a member of the Proud Boys left it at a hotel desk. She also maintains she did not enter the Capitol.

“The subpoena appears to have targeted Harris’ phone number and not to seek the content of her texts or emails,” Politico report. “It is unclear whether investigators knew the number belonged to the photojournalist before they sought the call and text-related records, but leaders of the probe have emphasized that they seek such records based on phone numbers, not identities.”

In addition to her “rights as a journalist” under the First Amendment, Harris argues that her “protection under the D.C. Shield law” as well as “her Fourth Amendment right against unlawful search and seizure” were violated by the subpoena.

The legal order would “would also impermissibly intrude on her protected newsgathering activities, deprive her of future opportunities to obtain confidential information from confidential sources, and expose her to possible threats of bodily harm from those whose numbers would be so exposed by disclosure of her call detail records,” per the lawsuit.

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4 responses to “Photojournalist Sues Jan 6 Committee To Block Subpoena ”

  1. HerrDoktor says:

    Little do the courts know, they are the ones on trial.

  2. pandusa says:

    I am in a unique position…little to lose.Not much they can do to me.I did not go into the Capitol.

  3. pandusa says:

    I was there and I know more or less what happened. Let Wile E Coyote go on off that cliff and take the ACME Democratic Party with him.There is still the question of Pelosi’s laptop isn’t there? I did not believe the story, until the Alaska raid and misidentification of the suspect by the FBI. How can Pelosi disqualify Jim Jordan and is it… Banks for Jan.6th committee? Schiff has already altered evidence. Desperate?
    Proverbs 6:17 God hates a proud look,a lying tongue and hands that shed innocent blood. We all have done the first 2 .But they have… done the THIRD.( Larry Bird (Mr.” left my Glock in the toilet” Capitol PO) interview”I didn’t care if she was armed or not”(Babbitt )and perhaps another beaten Jan 6th. Not to mention the defund the police BS). Just look what happened to CNN.
    Interesting -some people in the crowd Jan 6th were chanting “Seth Rich”. I looked it up when I got back.People were there for MANY reasons that day -Trump was only one of them. It wasn’t the messenger so much as the MESSAGE…

  4. imscooterpie says:

    So Jan 6 committee only seeks phone numbers without any concern as to weather or not they may violate the 1st amendment.
    Jan 6 kangaroo court is an illegal,partisan shit show.