By Annie Grayer and Sara Murray | CNN
The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 riot on Capitol Hill said former President Donald Trump “failed to comply” with his subpoena for documents and testimony.
“In the coming days, the committee will evaluate the next steps in the litigation and in relation to the former president’s non-compliance,” said Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson and GOP Rep. Liz Cheney, who serve as the committee’s chair and vice-chair, respectively. into a statement.
The committee has previously detained witnesses in defiance of Congress for defying the panel’s subpoenas, but has little ability to quickly compel the courts to comply with the subpoena.
Trump sued the committee Nov. 11 to contest his subpoena, filings in a Florida federal court show. His lawsuit aimed both to challenge the committee’s legitimacy – which has been upheld by multiple courts – and to claim he should be immune from testimony about the time he was president.
Thompson and Cheney said in their statement Monday: “[Trump’s] Lawyers have made no attempt to negotiate an appearance of any kind, and his lawsuit advances many of the same arguments that courts have repeatedly dismissed over the past year.”
Trump’s attorneys said in the court filings that they had been communicating with the House of Representatives for the past week and a half as subpoena deadlines neared and offered to consider answering written questions while they “concerned and objected.” made the majority of document requests. After Trump missed his first deadline to produce documents on Nov. 4, his team responded on Nov. 9, according to court documents, saying he would not testify and had not found any documentation to turn over related to in-person communications.
“The truth is that Donald Trump, like several of his closest allies, is hiding from the Special Committee investigation and refusing to do what more than a thousand other witnesses have done,” Thompson and Cheney wrote. “Donald Trump has orchestrated a plan to overturn a presidential election and block the transfer of power. He has an obligation to provide answers to the American people.”
The panel subpoenaed Trump on Oct. 21 to seek documents by Nov. 4 and testimony beginning Nov. 14. When the former president failed to turn over the documents by the first deadline, Thompson accused Trump’s team of trying to delay it, according to court documents.
“Given the timing and nature of your writing – without any acknowledgment that Mr. Trump will ultimately comply with the subpoena – your action on his behalf appears to be a delaying tactic,” Thompson wrote.
In Trump’s lawsuit, his attorneys argued, “Requesting subpoenas for testimony and documents from President Trump is an unjustified interference with the institution of the presidency because there are other sources for the requested information, including the more than a thousand witnesses the committee is contacting.” has and a million documents the committee has collected.”
Trump said in the lawsuit that House demands, if met, would violate the protections of executive branch privileges, including the revealing conversations he had with Justice Department officials and members of Congress about the 2020 election and “upcoming elections.” Government Affairs”.
He also argued in court that he didn’t need to disclose the inner workings of his 2020 presidential campaign, “including his political beliefs, his strategy and his fundraising. President Trump did not check his constitutional rights at the Oval Office door. Because the committee’s subpoena to President Trump violates his First Amendment rights, it is void.”
Trump’s attorney, David Warrington, said in a statement accompanying the lawsuit’s release, in part, that “longstanding precedent and practice maintains that the separation of powers prohibits Congress from compelling a president to testify before him.”
Trump’s back-and-forth with the House of Representatives, followed by the lawsuit, will make it much harder for the committee to enforce the subpoena — and the dispute will be essentially unresolvable before the current Congress expires in January.
https://www.ocregister.com/2022/11/14/j6-committee-says-trump-has-failed-to-comply-with-subpoena/ J6 committee says Trump “failed to comply” with subpoena.