An elected official responsible for ensuring the Democratic Party passes legislation in the House is the subject of legal action over her controversial phone call about presidential powers.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) is accused of refusing to grant public access to her telephone conversation with Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley on Jan. 8.
Pelosi has already acknowledged her phone call sought clarification about the chance of Donald Trump using his presidential codes to take direct military action.
“[We discussed] available precautions for preventing an unstable president from initiating military hostilities or accessing the launch codes and ordering a nuclear strike,” she said in a statement. “This unhinged president could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy.”
Judicial Watch recently sued the U.S. Department of Defense (DOD) under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) at the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The conservative foundation wants “any and all records regarding, concerning, or related” to the call between Pelosi and Gen. Milley “on or about” Jan. 8.
“This request includes—but is not limited to—any and all transcripts, recordings, and/or summaries of the call, as well as any other records produced in preparation for, during, and/or pursuant to the call,” the foundation said. “[It also includes] any and all additional records of communication between Gen. Milley and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi between Nov. 1, 2020, and the present.”
The foundation believes the DOD through FOIA must provide a full transcript of the conversation because it could contain important information about the independence of future presidents.
“If Speaker Pelosi’s description of her conversation with Gen. Milley is true, it sets a dangerous precedent that could undermine the president’s role as commander in chief and the separation of powers,” president Tom Fitton said in a statement. “Our new lawsuit aims to uncover truth about the call.”
Fitton suggested the phone call was intended to find ways to remove President Trump from the Oval Office before his first term ended back on Jan. 20.
“There is growing momentum around the invocation of the 25th Amendment, which would allow the vice president and a majority of the Cabinet to remove the president for his incitement of insurrection and the danger he still poses,” Pelosi said in a statement obtained by the foundation.
“[Democratic Sen. Chuck] Schumer and I placed a call with Vice President Pence, and we still hope to hear from him as soon as possible with a positive answer as to whether he and the Cabinet will honor their oath to the Constitution and the American people,” she added.