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Sebastian Gorka. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Sebastian Gorka, a conservative radio host and ally of former President Trump, on Tuesday sued the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection to block the panel from obtaining his phone records.

Why it matters: Gorka's lawsuit is the latest effort in what appears to be a strategy by those loyal to the former president to push back against the probe into the deadly Capitol riot.

  • Politico first reported on the lawsuit. The select panel's interest in Gorka had not previously been known to the public.
  • Far-right conspiracy theorist Alex Jones and former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn filed similar lawsuits last month. A federal judge rejected Flynn's legal challenge the following day.

What they're saying: The select committee issued a subpoena to Verizon on Dec. 15 for Gorka's phone records, according to the lawsuit.

  • Gorka alleged in the lawsuit that the Jan. 6 select committee "abused its power by unlawfully subpoenaing" his cell phone service provider, adding that the panel had not asked him "to answer any questions or to produce any documents."
  • He further argued that he was "not a member or leader of any organization that sponsored any events" on Jan. 6. He later acknowledged that he had been invited to speak at an event that day, but his speech was ultimately canceled.
  • The Jan. 6 select committee did not immediately respond to Axios request for comment.

Go deeper: Ex-White House press secretary to meet with Jan. 6 committee

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Pence: "Tragic" Jan. 6 no reason to scrap filibuster

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Former Vice President Mike Pence on Friday called the Jan. 6 Capitol riot an attempt to "overturn results of the presidential election that had been certified by all 50 states."

Why it matters: Though the former vice president's op-ed in the Washington Post focuses on rebutting filibuster reforms, these are also the most public statements Pence has made about the post-election narrative and the attack as an effort to interfere with President Biden's victory.

Dan Primack, author of Pro Rata
1 hour ago - Economy & Business

Peloton's wild ride and possible buyers

Illustration: Megan Robinson/Axios

Peloton is having a bumpy ride, and has become a source of fascination among even those who've never invested or clipped in.

Driving the news: On Monday, a hedge fund with less than a 5% stake in Peloton called for CEO John Foley to be fired and for the connected fitness company to consider seeking a strategic buyer. Shares gained nearly 10% on the news, but remained down 16.2% for the year and off 80% their December 2020 peak.

Scoop: Republicans probe NBC over Beijing Olympics coverage

Photo: Oscar del Pozo/AFP via Getty Images

Republican leaders on the House Energy and Commerce Committee have sent a letter to NBC Universal executives voicing concerns about "the extent of influence the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) may have over NBCUniversal’s coverage of the games."

Why it matters: The human rights abuses committed by the CCP have been the subject of intense scrutiny ahead of this year's Winter Games in Beijing. Activists last year sent a letter to NBC executives urging the network to cancel plans to cover the Olympics.