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Trump files lawsuit to avoid Jan. 6 committee subpoena

Former President Donald Trump is suing the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol in an try to block a subpoena requiring him to testify.

“Long-held precedent and practice maintain that separation of powers prohibits Congress from compelling a President to testify before it,” Trump legal professional David A. Warrington mentioned in an announcement saying Trump’s intentions.

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

The committee voted to subpoena Trump throughout its remaining listening to earlier than the midterm elections and formally did so final month, demanding testimony from the previous president. Committee member members allege Trump “personally orchestrated” a multi-part effort to overturn the outcomes of the 2020 election.

They mentioned Trump had to testify, both on the Capitol or by videoconference, “beginning on or about” Nov. 14 and persevering with for a number of days if essential.

The letter additionally outlined a sweeping request for paperwork, together with personal communications between Trump and members of Congress in addition to extremist teams.

The lawsuit comes as Trump is predicted to launch a 3rd marketing campaign for president subsequent week.

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