- Trump’s legal team filed a lawsuit Friday against the Jan. 6 panel to block him from testifying.
- The former president’s lawyers argue that Congress does not have the power to subpoena a president.
- Trump was scheduled to testify privately on Nov. 14 before the committee.
Trump’s legal team filed a lawsuit Friday against the panel Jan. 6 to block the former president from testifying Nov. 14 — a day before he is expected to announce his intentions to run for another term — arguing that Congress has not the power to subpoena a president.
In a legal complaint filed in the US District Court for the Southern District of Florida, the former president’s legal team argued that the only time Congress can subpoena a president is for impeachment purposes.
“But the subpoena issued by the Commission to “President Donald J. Trump” does not arise from an impeachment inquiry,” the filing states. “For the reasons explained below, the Commission does not have the authority to issue the subpoena and, in any event, President Trump is not required to comply.”
The filing went on to describe the committee’s Jan. 6 subpoena as “invalid” and “excessive,” adding that it does not further a “valid legislative purpose” to compel the former president’s testimony and that sources other than the president could provide the information requested. from Trump himself. Trump’s legal team has argued that the subpoena violates Trump’s executive privilege and First Amendment rights, adding that subpoenaing Trump’s testimony exceeds Congress’ authority.
“Accordingly, President Trump is turning to the courts to preserve his rights and, in doing so, the separation of powers essential to our constitutional order,” the filing said.
Last month, the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack voted unanimously to order Trump to testify at a private meeting scheduled for Nov. 14 — just a day before he teased that he would make a “big announcement.” at Mar-a-Lago regarding the 2024 Presidential race. Trump is expected to announce his intentions to run for a second term.
Trump’s legal team and representatives from his post-presidential office did not immediately respond to Insider’s requests for comment.