An attorney for former President Donald Trump announced his plan to file a suit to block a subpoena from the Jan. 6 committee.
David A. Warrington of the Dhillon Law Group announced the plans in a statement to Politico reporter Kyle Cheney, who also obtained the full 41-page lawsuit. The suit alleges that Trump attempted to engage with the committee in “good faith” but that their partisan behavior overstepped their bounds.
“Long-held precedent and practice maintain that separation of powers prohibits Congress from compelling a President to testify before it,” Warrington’s statement reads. “This partisan Committee insists on pursuing a legal path, leaving president Trump with no choice but to involve the third branch, the judicial branch, in this dispute between the executive and legislative branches.”
Warrington later claims that Trump has support from former presidents of both parties in his urging of the separation of powers. He does not, however, provide any examples.
“President Trump joins Presidents of both parties in insisting that the legislative branch honor the boundaries set forth in the Constitution, instead of catering to base partisan impulses,” he added.
Some staff members of the Jan. 6 committee claimed to NBC News that the committee’s final report would focus on Trump himself, rather than the failures of law enforcement. The teams working on law enforcement’s failures were reportedly told that their findings would be excluded from the final report because they did not link Trump to the event.
NBC reported, “Last week, committee staffers were informed via a phone call that material prepared by several of the teams whose work did not directly link to Trump would largely not be included in the final report, according to the three sources. One source said a ‘pens down’ order came after the call.”
A spokesman for the committee denied that report, but, if proven to be true, it will likely strengthen the belief among Trump supporters that the committee is partisan and strengthen Trump’s claims of a witch hunt. It may also strengthen the former president’s legal case against complying with the subpoena.