Trump files lawsuit to avoid Jan. 6 committee subpoena

WASHINGTON (AP) — Former President Donald Trump is suing the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol to block a subpoena ordering him to testify.

The lawsuit alleges that while past presidents have voluntarily agreed to provide testimony or documents in response to subpoenas from Congress in the past, “no president or former president has ever been compelled to do so.”

“Longstanding precedent and practice maintains that the separation of powers prohibits Congress from compelling a president to testify before him,” Trump’s attorney David A. Warrington said in a statement announcing Trump’s intentions.

He said Trump “worked in good faith with the committee to resolve these concerns consistent with executive prerogatives and the separation of powers,” but said the panel “insisted on pursuing a political path and let President Trump.” no choice but to intervene the third estate, the judiciary, in this dispute between the executive and the legislature.”

The lawsuit likely eliminates the prospect of Trump ever having to testify, as the committee is expected to disband at the end of the January legislature. The committee did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the lawsuit.

The committee voted to subpoena Trump during his last televised hearing before the midterm elections, and did so officially last month by demanding testimony from the former president. Committee members claim Trump “personally orchestrated” a multi-part attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 election.

They said Trump must testify either in the Capitol or via video conference “beginning on or about” November 14 and for several days if necessary.

The letter also outlined a wide-ranging request for documents, including personal communications between Trump and members of Congress and extremist groups.

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

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

It was filed in the Southern District of Florida, where other Trump attorneys were successfully suing to find a special foreman hired to conduct an independent review of records seized by the FBI during an Aug. 8 search of Mar-a-Lago . ___ Associate Press writer Farnoush Amiri contributed to this report. Trump files lawsuit to avoid Jan. 6 committee subpoena

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