If you want to learn about government tyranny and a tight-knit oligarchy of people at the top of government who abuse the powers of their office to create false narratives that they seek to employ to obtain and hold on to power, look no further than Nancy Pelosi.
Judicial Watch disclosed that it filed an opposition to the US Capitol Police’s efforts to shut down their federal lawsuit to obtain January 6 videos and emails. Congress, meaning Nancy Pelosi, is arguing through the Capitol Police that the emails and videos are not public records and that there is no public interest in them being released. They are arguing that “sovereign immunity” prevents citizens from suing for their release.
From Judicial Watch:
Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit under the common law right of access after the Capitol Police refused to provide any records in response to a January 21, 2021, request (Judicial Watch v. United States Capitol Police (No. 1:21-cv-00401)). Judicial Watch asks for:
- Email communications between the U.S. Capitol Police Executive Team and the Capitol Police Board concerning the security of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The timeframe of this request is from January 1, 2021 through January 10, 2021.
- Email communications of the Capitol Police Board with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Justice, and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security concerning the security of the Capitol on January 6, 2021. The timeframe of this request is from January 1, 2021through January 10, 2021.
- All video footage from within the Capitol between 12 pm and 9 pm on January 6, 2021
Congress is exempt from the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) but “the act may inform communications between the legislative branch and FOIA- covered entities.” Because of that, Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit instead. The lawsuit follows the common law right to access to public records.
Judicial Watch is arguing against a broad assertion of secrecy, and so it gave details precedent from the Supreme Court precedent and others that uphold the public’s right to know what “their government is up to:”
“In ‘the courts of this country’— including the federal courts—the common law bestows upon the public a right of access to public records and documents” … “the Supreme Court was unequivocal in stating that there is a federal common law right of access ‘to inspect and copy public records and documents.’” … “[T]he general rule is that all three branches of government, legislative, executive, and judicial, are subject to the common law right.” The right of access is “a precious common law right . . . that predates the Constitution itself.”
The Court of Appeals for this circuit has recognized that “openness in government has always been thought crucial to ensuring that the people remain in control of their government….” “Neither our elected nor our appointed representatives may abridge the free flow of information simply to protect their own activities from public scrutiny. An official policy of secrecy must be supported by some legitimate justification that serves the interest of the public office.”
“The Pelosi Congress (and its police department) is telling a federal court it is immune from all transparency under law and is trying to hide every second of its January 6 videos and countless emails,” stated Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “The hypocrisy is rich, as this is the same Congress that is trying to jail witnesses who, citing privileges, object to providing documents to the Pelosi rump January 6 committee.”
There are reportedly 14,000 hours of video covering the events that took place at the Capitol building on January 6 that Pelosi has kept hidden from the public. While the January 6 Soviet Politburo Committee talks about the need for openness and transparency, the Democrats are the least transparent of everyone involved. Defense attorneys representing people arrested for entering the Capitol building on January 6 believe there is exculpatory evidence found in the videos that would help their clients, but Pelosi won’t release any of the footage.
Common sense dictates that the only reason Pelosi refuses to release the footage, even as a matter of discovery, is because she fears it will expose the Democrat narrative behind the events of January 6 to be the total farce that it is.
Rich is a conservative, syndicated opinion writer and owner of MAGA-Chat.com. He writes about politics, culture, liberty, and faith.
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