President Trump Files Lawsuit to Bypass Jan. 6 Committee Subpoena November 11 2022

President Trump files lawsuit to avoid Jan. 6 committee subpoena

President Trump is suing the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. Doing so helps him to avoid testifying by subpoena.
Former President Donald Trump takes the stage to speak at Mar-a-lago on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2022, in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

The suit which was filed Friday night states that while previous presidents have voluntarily agreed to give their testimony or documents to help with congressional subpoenas, “no president or former president has ever been compelled to do so.”

As President Trump's attorney, David A. Warrington stated, “Long-held precedent and practice maintain that separation of powers prohibits Congress from compelling a President to testify before it.” The president engaged with the committee "in a good faith effort to resolve these concerns consistent with Executive Branch prerogatives and separation of powers.” However, 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 has not given a response to the filing and might mean that President Trump may never have to testify as the committee plans to disband near the end of January's legislative session.

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