Trump is suing Jan. 6 commission over subpoena forcing him to testify and provide documents

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Former President Donald Trump on Friday sued the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riots, arguing that the subpoena for his testimony and documents related to the Capitol attack was invalid.

The lawsuit, which seeks to block execution of the subpoena, is the first official indication that Trump does not intend to participate in a statement scheduled for Monday, although there was little expectation that he would comply with the subpoena.

Trump’s attorneys argued that the former president has “absolute testimony immunity” from being forced to appear before Congress and that the panel did not have the constitutional authority to issue the subpoena.

They also argued that the subpoena failed to serve a valid legislative purpose, claiming it “purposes partisan, not legislative — to punish President Trump and score political points.”

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The Jan. 6 commission has issued dozens of subpoenas in its investigation, and several recipients have filed unsuccessful legal challenges to question the House panel’s legitimacy.

A Trump attorney, David A. Warrington of the Dhillon Law Group, said in a statement, “Long precedent and practice hold that separation of powers prohibits Congress from coercing a president to testify for him.”

“President Trump joins the presidents of both parties in insisting that the legislature respect the boundaries enshrined in the Constitution, rather than targeting partisan impulses,” Warrington added.

NBC News contacted the Jan. 6 committee for comment.

In comments to the University of Chicago Institute of Politics earlier Friday, the commission’s vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., that Trump “has a legal obligation and if he fails to comply with it, the committee will consider the next steps.”

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The commission subpoenaed Trump last month for any communications he may have had about extremist groups involved in the riots and for attempts by him over the past year to contact witnesses who testify before the commission.

Trump’s attorneys, however, insisted in their lawsuit that the court invalidate the subpoena “because Congress has other sources that can provide this information.”

The panel last week gave Trump extra time to provide requested documents after saying last Friday they had not received any data from him.

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The lawsuit comes as Trump has repeatedly teased a 2024 run, saying at a rally in Ohio just before the midterm elections that he will make an important announcement on Tuesday.

As a presidential candidate, Trump could more easily argue that the subpoena and any investigation into his actions are politically motivated attempts to politically hurt him in a potential rematch against President Joe Biden.

Trump’s lawyers appeared to be nodding at those arguments on Friday when they wrote: “The broad scope of the subpoena’s request for documents and testimony threatens to force President Trump to reveal the inner workings of his presidential campaign, including his political beliefs. , strategy, and fundraising.”

This article was originally published on NBCNews.com