Trump files lawsuit to avoid January 6 committee subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is suing the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol in an effort to block a subpoena compelling him to testify.

The lawsuit argues that although former presidents have voluntarily agreed to provide testimony or documents in response to congressional subpoenas in the past, “no president or former president has ever been coerced into doing so.” .

“Precedent and long-standing practice hold that the separation of powers prohibits Congress from compelling a president to testify before it,” Trump attorney David A. Warrington said in a statement announcing Trump’s intentions.

He said Trump had “engaged with the Committee in a good faith effort to resolve these concerns consistent with executive prerogatives and the separation of powers,” but said the panel “insists on following a political path , leaving President Trump no choice but to involve the third branch, the judicial branch, in this dispute between the executive and legislative branches.

The lawsuit likely condemns the prospect that Trump will ever have to testify, given that the committee is expected to disband at the end of the legislative session in January. The committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.

The committee voted to subpoena Trump in its last televised hearing before the midterm elections and officially did so last month, demanding testimony from the former president. Committee members allege Trump “personally orchestrated” a multi-part effort to overturn the 2020 election results.

They said Trump was expected to testify, either on Capitol Hill or by videoconference, “beginning on or around” Nov. 14 and continuing for several days if necessary.

The letter also described a broad request for documents, including personal communications between Trump and members of Congress as well as extremist groups.

In his lawsuit, Trump’s lawyers attack the subpoena as too broad and frame it as a violation of his First Amendment rights. They also argue that sources other than Trump could provide the same information they expect from him.

The lawsuit comes as Trump is expected to launch a third presidential campaign next week.

He was filed in the Southern District of Florida, where other Trump lawyers successfully sued for a special counsel who was tasked with conducting an independent review of records seized by the FBI during a search on 8 August at Mar-a-Lago. ___ Associated Press writer Farnoush Amiri contributed to this report.


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