The mother of white nationalist Anthime “Baked Alaska” Gionet is suing to block a subpoena issued by the Jan. 6 select committee court asking Verizon to turn over his phone records.
Susanne Gionet, the holder of the telephone package, accuses the committee of “illegally seeking[ing] to force information from Verizon. The Jan. 6 committee targets the communications devices of suspected Capitol rioters.
According to court documents filed in her lawsuit, Susanne Gionet is a private citizen and the subpoena is a violation of the US Constitution.
She says the committee “seeks to violate protected privileged conversations such as attorney-client privilege and spousal privilege.”
The lawsuit admits that Anthime Gionet used one of the family plan’s phone lines, but says he had privileged communications with his lawyer on the cellphone after he was charged with a misdemeanor in December 2020 after, according to Police said he refused to leave a Scottsdale, Arizona, bar and pepper sprayed a security guard.
The lawsuit argues that Verizon’s release of the phone records would violate its rights.
Verizon’s subpoena was issued by the select committee on Feb. 1, 2022, ordering the cellular service provider to produce subscriber information and cellphone data associated with their family plan. The data requested includes detailed call logs, text messages, metadata, and email information. The data can also be used to track movement through cell site location.
Anthime Gionet entered the Capitol building on January 6 without permission, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). Inside the building, he recorded a 27-minute live stream noting that he was “documenting” the event, the DOJ said.
During the live stream, according to prosecutors, he turned his phone to show his face and is clearly identifiable. The court said the defendant was a well-known and recognizable social media personality.
“Defendant can be heard saying ‘1776 baby’, ‘I won’t leave guys, don’t worry'”, the affidavit said. “At minute 2:52 of the YouTube video, the accused, who is streaming the event live from his device, turns the phone to show his face and is clearly identifiable.”
He also allegedly filmed himself walking into an office, picking up a phone and playing an “alleged phone call with US Senate staff”.
Anthime Gionet is accused of having “knowingly entered or stayed in a building or restricted land without legal authorization and of violent entry and disorderly conduct on the grounds of the Capitol”.
Newsweek has contacted Anthime Gionet’s attorney for comment.