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Stanley Brand, a long-time Democratic legal force around Capitol Hill, is representing Major League Baseball. Brand, reports the AP, says Davis’s committee has no jurisdiction in this area and is trying to violate the “privacy rights” of MLB and its players so committee members can “satisfy their prurient interest into who may and may not have engaged in this activity.”

Davis responded by letter to Brand: “Any American citizen under these circumstances would be required to comply with the committee’s request. Major League Baseball and baseball players are no different.” When it comes to its business operations, however, MLB is different: It operates under a federal anti-trust exemption that Congress gave–and Congress can take away.

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