Pro-Trump attorney Sidney Powell is suing the Department of Defense to prevent the Pentagon from enforcing its COVID-19 vaccine mandate.
Powell’s Texas-based Defending the Republic group announced Wednesday that it had filed a lawsuit against the Secretary of Defense Lloyd AustinLloyd Austin Defense & National Security – Troops secretly train with Taiwan amid tensions with China on behalf of 16 active service members “in support of their right to oppose the coronavirus vaccine”.
“By filing this lawsuit, we are making it clear that these service members – those who serve their country with honor – are not owned by the US government and the Constitution does not allow them to be treated as such, ”the group said on its website.
The complaint was first reported by Bloomberg News on Thursday.
The Pentagon commissioned all service members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in late August, immediately after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved the vaccine manufactured by Pfizer and BioNTech.
On Monday, the Pentagon announced that its 700,000 civilian workers must be fully vaccinated by November 22nd.
The Pentagon has not set a deadline for vaccinating all military personnel and has instead allowed each branch to make that decision.
The army is Service members required vaccinated by June 30th.
The Navy gave active Sailors and Marines 90 days to be vaccinated and reservists 120 days on August 30.
The Air Force has required that all active-duty personnel be fully vaccinated by Nov. 2, and all Air National Guard and Reserve members must be vaccinated by Dec. 2.
More than 380,000 soldiers were partially vaccinated and 1.3 million fully vaccinated as of September 30, according to Pentagon data.
In an updated version of the complaint filed on Wednesday, plaintiffs argued that the mandate “imposes unconstitutional conditions by forcing plaintiffs to choose between violating their constitutional rights or life-changing sentences”.
The lawsuit also seeks a court ruling that the FDA’s approval of Pfizer’s vaccine is unconstitutional.
In addition to Austin, the suit names the Minister of Health and Welfare Xavier BecerraXavier BecerraWhite House Quadruples Rapid Test Range By December Lobbying world Overnight Health Care – Presented by EMAA – Collins resigns as NIH director and Acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock as a defendant.
The FDA advised The Hill that it has no comment on any potential, pending, or ongoing litigation.
The Hill has approached the Pentagon and the Department of Health and Human Services for comment.
Powell’s lawsuit is not the first to challenge the Pentagon’s vaccination mandate. Two military personnel filed a lawsuit in federal court in Colorado last week to prevent the agency from requiring all troops to be vaccinated.
The legal challenges follow several lawsuits Powell filed last year claims that the 2020 elections were rigged against former members President TrumpDonald Trump Trump Calls on GOP Senators to Vote Against McConnell Debt Accord On The Money – Presented By NRHC – Senate Slowly Pulls Back From Debt Disaster Government Confirms National Monuments Will Be Removed To Borders Before Trump MORE.
Earlier this year, she was hit by a $ 1.3 billion lawsuit filed by voting technology company Dominion Voting Systems for alleging, without evidence, that the company rigged the election.