WASHINGTON (TBEN) — Former President Donald Trump is indicting the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol in an attempt to block a subpoena requiring him to testify.
“Long-standing precedent and practice maintains that separation of powers prohibits Congress from forcing a president to testify for him,” Trump attorney David A. Warrington said in a statement announcing Trump’s intentions.
He said Trump had “entered into good faith discussions with the committee to resolve these concerns in accordance with executive branch prerogatives and separation of powers,” but said the panel “presses a political path, leaving President Trump with no choice but to get involved. the third branch, the judiciary, in this dispute between the executive and the legislature.”
The committee voted to subpoena Trump at the final hearing before the midterm elections and did so formally last month, demanding testimony from the former president. Committee members allege that Trump “personally orchestrated” a multi-part effort to undo the results of the 2020 election.
They said Trump must testify, either in the Capitol or via videoconference, “beginning on or about” Nov. 14 and continue for several days if necessary.
The letter also outlined a sweeping request for documents, including face-to-face communications between Trump and members of Congress, as well as extremist groups.
The lawsuit comes as Trump is expected to launch a third presidential campaign next week.