A photographer sued the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot over an "invasive" subpoena asking for the release of telephone records she says reflect privileged communications between a journalist and her confidential sources.

Amy Harris, a freelance photographer from Indiana, filed the lawsuit on Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, according to Politico.


The lawsuit seeks to have the court declare the "cell phone data sought by the Verizon Subpoena is protected by the First Amendment" and block the House select committee from being able to access "or review the telephone records." Additionally, the lawsuit seeks a declaration from the court labeling it as violating Harris's Fourth and Fifth Amendment rights, along with monetary compensation for "reasonable costs" and attorney's fees.

"On November 24, 2021, the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol issued and served an invasive and sweeping subpoena," the lawsuit says. Under this subpoena, a "third-party telecommunications company" would be compelled to provide phone records with confidential communications.

In November, the committee issued a subpoena to Verizon, Harris's telephone company, seeking information on telephone calls and texts that she made and received over the course of a three-month time frame ending Jan. 31.

"Amy Harris is an experienced, freelance photojournalist," the lawsuit says. "Her work has been published in numerous reputable and well-known publications, including the Washington Post, Vanity Fair, Rolling Stone, and Time magazine."

Harris, who was at the Capitol on Jan. 6, claims she was photographing the Proud Boys, a right-wing group. "During the time frame covered by the subpoena, Ms. Harris was actively engaged in a project documenting the far-right extremist group known as the 'Proud Boys' and their leader, Henry 'Enrique' Tarrio," the lawsuit says.

The lawsuit says that "the telephone records sought by the House Select Committee intrude on the personal and privileged communications of a private citizen."

"The subpoena violates the core protections afforded to journalists pursuant to the First Amendment," the lawsuit continues.

The Washington Examiner reached out to the Jan. 6 committee seeking comment on the lawsuit.


John Eastman, a former lawyer for former President Donald Trump, also filed a lawsuit against the Jan. 6 committee and Verizon on Dec. 14 to prevent them from viewing his phone records.

Eastman's lawsuit, also filed in the D.C. court, argues that the committee "is unconstitutionally pursuing law enforcement rather than legislative ends."

"Congress's investigative powers are ancillary to its legislative authority and are limited to that extent," the lawsuit says.