Attack on US Parliament: Donald Trump sues Capitol committee over subpoenas

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Attack on the US ParliamentDonald Trump Sues Capitol Committee Over Subpoena

In fact, the elected US president was supposed to be available for questioning by the investigative committee into the attack on the Capitol starting Monday. Now they are fighting back.

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His lawyers argue that the investigative committee does not have the power to compel him to testify: former US President Donald Trump. (archive image)

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The committee asked Trump to make himself available for multiple days of questioning under oath starting Monday.

The committee asked Trump to make himself available for multiple days of questioning under oath starting Monday.

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Trump incited his supporters in a speech before the attack on the Capitol.

Trump incited his supporters in a speech before the attack on the Capitol.

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Former US President Donald Trump is taking legal action against his subpoena to investigate the Capitol attack. Trump’s lawyers filed a lawsuit Friday night in Florida state court challenging the commission’s subpoena. In it, they argue, among other things, that the committee does not have the authority to compel Trump to testify. In addition, the subpoena violates, among other things, the ex-president’s executive privilege. This is the President’s prerogative to keep certain information secret.

The committee asked Trump to make himself available for multiple days of questioning under oath starting Monday. It was a rare escalation. After the subpoena, Trump initially left open how he would respond.

On January 6, 2021, Trump supporters violently attacked the Houses of Parliament in Washington. Congress met there to formally confirm Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. Earlier in the speech, Trump incited his supporters that massive electoral fraud had cost him his victory. Five people died as a result of the riots. A committee in the House of Representatives is dealing with the attack.

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