Thursday, December 2

US Congress Rejects Donald Trump’s Lawsuit Over Capitol Unrest Investigation


A House committee tasked with investigating the Jan.6 uprising on Capitol Hill is moving quickly Tuesday to disparage at least one of Donald Trump’s allies as the former president is rejecting the investigation in a new lawsuit.

Trump is aggressively trying to block the committee’s work by ordering former White House aide Steve Bannon not to answer questions in the investigation while simultaneously suing the panel to try to prevent Congress from obtaining White House documents.

But lawmakers on the House committee say they won’t back down as they gather facts and testimony about the attack that involved Trump supporters that left dozens of police officers injured, sent lawmakers running for their lives, and disrupted certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.

“The former president’s clear goal is to prevent the Select Committee from getting to the facts on January 6, and his lawsuit is nothing more than an attempt to delay and obstruct our investigation,” said President Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat and Representative. republican. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, vice chair of the panel, in a joint statement Monday night.

They added: “It is difficult to imagine a more compelling public interest than trying to get answers about an attack on our democracy and an attempt to nullify the results of an election.”

Trump’s lawsuit was filed after Biden decided to waive his right to block the release of the document over executive privilege concerns. The move was expected, as the defeated president has repeatedly made clear that he will challenge the investigation into the violent attack by a crowd of his supporters.

His challenge seeks to invalidate the entirety of Congress’s request, calling it too broad, unduly burdensome, and a challenge to the separation of powers.

The lawsuit was filed a day before a panel vote is scheduled to recommend that Bannon be held in criminal contempt of Congress for his defiance of the documents and testimony committee’s demands.

In a resolution published Monday, and scheduled to be removed from the panel Tuesday, the committee asserts that Trump’s former aide and podcast host has no legal standing to reject the committee.

Bannon was a private citizen when he spoke to Trump before the attack, the committee said, and Trump has not made any claims of executive privilege to the panel itself.

The resolution lists many ways in which Bannon was involved in the run-up to the insurrection, including reports that he encouraged Trump to rally on January 6, the day Congress certified the presidential vote, and his comments on January 5. January that “all hell is going to break loose” the next day.

Once the committee votes on Bannon’s contempt measure, it will go to the House floor for a vote and then to the Justice Department, which will decide whether to prosecute.

The committee has also cited more than a dozen people who helped plan Trump’s rallies before the siege, and some of them have already said they would hand over documents and give testimony.

The committee has demanded a wide range of executive branch documents related to intelligence collected prior to the attack, security preparations during and before the siege, pro-Trump rallies held that day, and false claims by Trump that he won the elections, among other matters.


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