Mom Tries to Shield Right-Wing Son's Phone Records From Jan. 6 Committee

The mother of white nationalist Anthime "Baked Alaska" Gionet is suing to block a court-issued subpoena from the January 6 Select Committee seeking Verizon to turn over his phone records.

Susanne Gionet, the phone plan account holder, accuses the committee of "illegally seek[ing] to compel information from Verizon. The January 6 committee is targeting communication devices of alleged Capitol rioters.

According to court documents filed in her suit, Susanne Gionet is a private citizen and the subpoena is a violation of the U.S. Constitution.

She says the committee "seeks to violate protected privileged conversations such as attorney-client privilege and marital privilege."

The suit admits that Anthime Gionet used one of the phone lines from the family plan, but claims he had privileged communications with his attorney on the cell phone after he was charged with a misdemeanor in December 2020 after, police said, he refused to leave a Scottsdale, Arizona, bar and pepper-sprayed a security guard.

The suit argues the release of phone records by Verizon would violate his rights.

The Verizon subpoena was issued by the Select Committee on February 1, 2022, instructing the cell service provider to produce subscriber information and cell phone data associated with their family plan. The requested data includes detailed logs of calls, texts, metadata and email information. The data can also be used to track movement through cell site location.

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A white nationalist's mother filed suit in an attempt to block a court-issued subpoena from the January 6 Select Committee, which seeks her son's phone records. Above, supporters of then-President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021. A pro-Trump mob later stormed the Capitol, breaking windows and clashing with police officers. Getty Images

Anthime Gionet entered the Capitol building on January 6 without authorization, according to the Department of Justice (DOJ). While inside the building, he taped a 27-minute long livestream noting he was "documenting" the event, the DOJ says.

During the livestream, prosecutors say, he turned his phone around to show his face and is clearly identifiable. The court says the defendant is a known social media personality who is recognizable.

"The defendant can be heard remarking '1776 baby,' 'I won't leave guys, don't worry,'" the affidavit says. "At the 2:52 minute mark in the YouTube video, the defendant, who is livestreaming the event from his device, turns the phone around to show his face and is clearly identifiable."

He also allegedly filmed himself entering an office, picking up a telephone and acting out a "purported phone call with the United States Senate personnel."

Anthime Gionet is charged with "knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building or grounds without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds."

Newsweek reached out to Anthime Gionet's lawyer for comment.