Jan. 6 Committee chairs Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney call Trump's subpoena lawsuit 'an attempt to delay and obstruct our probe'
Added 10-19-21 12:14:03am EST - “The chairs issued a statement in response to a lawsuit filed by former President Donald Trump's lawyers Monday in an attempt to block subpoenas.” - Businessinsider.com
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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Businessinsider.com: “Jan. 6 Committee chairs Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney call Trump's subpoena lawsuit 'an attempt to delay and obstruct our probe'”. Below is an excerpt from the article.
Jan. 6 Committee Chair Bennie Thompson (D-Miss) and Vice-Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) reiterated that they have the authority to seek White House records in light of a lawsuit filed Monday on behalf of former President Donald Trump in an attempt to block subpoenas related to the investigation into the insurrection.
"The former president's clear objective is to stop the Select Committee from getting to the facts about Jan. 6, and his lawsuit is nothing more than an attempt to delay and obstruct our probe. Precedent and law are on our side," the statement from Thompson and Cheney said.
Thompson and Cheney added in their statement that President Biden has so far declined to invoke executive privilege and that it is not absolute.
"Additionally, there's a long history of the White House accommodating congressional investigative requests when the public interest outweighs other concerns," the statement from Thompson and Cheney said. "It's hard to imagine a more compelling public interest than trying to get answers about an attack on our democracy and an attempt to overturn the results of an election."
Trump's lawyers alleged in the lawsuit that the subpoenas are "invalid and unenforceable through the Constitution and the laws of the United States," and said Trump intends to use executive privilege to reject them.
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