Donald Trump Files Lawsuit In Attempt To Avoid Testifying Before Jan. 6 Committee.. Donald Trump, former President of the United States, sued the House Committee investigating January 6’s attack on the Capitol. This is to stop a subpoena that would have required him to testify.
Donald Trump Files Lawsuit In Attempt To Avoid Testifying Before Jan. 6 Committee
They filed the lawsuit Friday, November 11. It alleges that the subpoena is “invalid, unlawful, and unenforceable” because President Trump, as an ex-president of the United States, enjoys absolute immunity from being required to testify before Congress, or any committee thereof, regarding his actions as head of a coequal branch.
It also claims that while other presidents have “voluntarily agreed” to testify or provide documents to Congress in response to subpoenas, none of them has been forced to do so.
Trump’s lawyer David A. Warrington stated that “long-held precedent and practice” prevent Congress from compelling a president to testify before them.
He stated that the former President had “engaged in a good faith attempt to resolve these concerns consistent avec Executive Branch prerogatives, and separation of power.” Still, He added that the panel “insists upon pursuing a political pathway, leaving President Trump with no other choice than to involve the third branch (the judicial branch) in this dispute between legislative and executive branches.”
The committee voted to subpoena Trump at its last hearing before the midterm election. It did so officially last month, requesting testimony from the former President. Members of the committee allege Trump “personally orchestrated” a multi-part effort by Trump to reverse the results of the 2020 elections.
It required Trump to testify at the Capitol or via videoconference. It would be “beginning or around” November 14 and multiple days, if necessary.
The letter also detailed a broad request for documents, which included personal communications between Trump and members of Congress as well as information about extremist groups.
Trump is set to launch his third presidential campaign next week, and they filed a lawsuit against him.