Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit Friday against the House Select Committee investigating the U.S. Capitol riot, just days before his scheduled deposition date.
The lawsuit, which was filed in federal court in Florida, challenges the committee’s subpoena asking Trump to turn over documents related to the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021. It also challenges the panel’s request to what Trump testifies.
“Donald J. Trump, 45th President of the United States, has received a subpoena (the
“subpoena”) by the committee to turn over documents and testify in a closed deposition about events that occurred while he was President of the United States,” the lawsuit states.
He continues: “While other presidents and former presidents have voluntarily agreed to testify or turn over documents in response to a congressional subpoena, no president or former president has ever been constrained do this.”
Last month, the committee said “the issuance of a subpoena to a former president is an important and historic action.” He also said he “does not take this step lightly.”
The subpoena orders Trump to testify before the committee in a deposition either on Capitol Hill or remotely on Nov. 14.
This is a developing story that will be updated as more information becomes available.