The Republican National Committee is suing the Jan. 6 select committee after investigators sought fundraising information from Salesforce, a major RNC vendor.
The select committee subpoenaed Salesforce on Feb. 23, according to the RNC’s court filing, for information about the party’s fundraising, including “non-public information on Republican donors, volunteers, and supporters and the internal deliberative processes of the RNC.” The company was due to provide the documents to the committee by Wednesday, and it’s unclear whether they complied. While telecommunications companies like Verizon and T-Mobile typically refuse to comply with subpoenas if a subscriber is suing, it’s unclear if Salesforce abides by a similar policy.
The subpoena also requires a company official to interview with the committee by March 16. A spokesperson for the company was not immediately available for comment.
Separately, RNC Chair Ronna McDaniel met with staff of the select committee on Wednesday, a source familiar with the meeting told POLITICO, though it’s not clear whether McDaniel testified or if this was just an initial contact with investigators.
The RNC makes a litany of complaints about the subpoena, accusing the committee of infringing on its First Amendment rights and echoing similar lawsuits filed by allies of Donald Trump who claim that the committee’s subpoena is illegitimate.
“The Select Committee’s subpoena to Salesforce.com (“Salesforce”), a key data and digital communications vendor to the RNC, vastly exceeds Congress’ limited subpoena power and infringes on rights of the RNC, its constituent members, donors, and other supporters,” the draft lawsuit said.
“The RNC and its millions of supporters face an unprecedented threat that will undoubtedly chill their First Amendment rights and expose the RNC’s supporters to reprisals and harassment.”
Axios first reported on the suit.
It’s the most notable legal dispute to date between the GOP fundraising arm and the Jan. 6 committee in the fallout from the Capitol attack. The select committee has not announced any subpoena for McDaniel but has subpoenaed several RNC members who participated in the Trump campaign’s effort to submit false electors to Congress.
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