On Wednesday, a federal judge dismissed former President Donald Trump’s lawsuit against the Jan. 6 committee, ruling it was no longer relevant as the panel withdrew the subpoena last week.
The committee was sued by Trump in mid-November, as the former president made a bid to block a subpoena seeking his testimony as part of the panel’s investigation into the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol building.
The panel withdrew the subpoena days before the 118th Congress was set to begin as the now Republican-controlled House promised to disband the committee when work begins.
“This case is moot and should be dismissed for lack of subject matter jurisdiction as ‘there would appear to be no need for further relief from this Court and therefore no live controversy between the parties related to the previously issued subpoena,'” U.S. District Judge Rodolfo Ruiz wrote in the ruling. “The recent withdrawal of the subpoena at issue has effectively eliminated any ‘real, earnest, and vital controversy’ between the parties.”
Trump announced his intent to sue the Jan. 6 Committee, not long after it announced plans to subpoena him, filing the lawsuit on Nov. 11 in hopes to block the committee from coercing him to give his testimony.
The panel voted to subpoena Trump during its final public hearing of the year, one month before it released the 845-page report detailing its findings from their yearlong investigation into the Capitol riot.
The report focuses on Trump himself and the actions leading up to the riot, attempting to link the former president to the riot and its aftermath.