Former President Trump has sued to stop a subpoena issued by the House select committee in charge of the Jan 6, 2021, Capitol attack investigations. The deadlines set forth by the subpoena are fast approaching. This would mean that Trump would need to both submit documents and sit for a deposition.
The decision to subpoena Trump was made unanimously by the committee during its public hearing last month.
Trump has already missed the deadline for producing the required documents, however, the committee has provided him with a one-week extension. Next Monday, Trump would also be needing to sit down for a deposition because of the subpoena.
Trump, who filed his lawsuit on Friday, claims that the subpoena should not be allowed to go through, as Trump has “absolute immunity from being compelled to testify before Congress” due to his status as a former President. Trump also claims that the information they are asking for is also protected by executive privileges.
The filing thus continues that the subpoena has placed Trump in a precarious position of having to choose between “preserving his rights and the constitutional prerogatives of the Executive Branch, or risking enforcement of the Subpoena issued to him.”
Trump has been hostile to the committee from the beginning calling it a “witch hunt”.