Judge Deals Massive Blow To Trump Yet Again

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(TruthAndLiberty.com) – On Monday, a federal judge rejected the efforts of former President Donald Trump to subpoena any information that is connected to the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol attack. Trump has recently made accusations against government officials who had allegedly failed to preserve; however, the judge found the request to be a “fishing expedition.”

In a filing in October Trump’s legal team reiterated a claim that has been disputed regarding the former House select committee that was tasked with investigating the Capitol attack failing to turn over all of the collected evidence relating to the case. Trump has been looking to subpoena the leader of the committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), and a number of other government officials over what Trump’s attorneys presented as “missing materials.”

Judge Tanya Chutkan, who is presiding over the case relating to Trump’s efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and remain in power, stated that Trump had not met the legal bar for subpoenaing officials. As she wrote in her decision due to Trump requesting records that had a broad scope, and failing to provide direct descriptions of why the records were connected to the case, the efforts are deemed to be a “fishing expedition.” She further noted that this was part of Trump’s efforts to use the Rule 17 (c) subpoena as a possible discovery tool.

Trump had previously also attempted to subpoena the White House attorneys and national archivist as well as the Department of Homeland Security. His legal team has argued that Trump was entitled to find the “missing records by subpoena.”

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