Jan. 6 Committee chairs Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney call Trump's subpoena lawsuit 'an attempt to delay and obstruct our probe'

Jan. 6 Committee members insisted that they are authorized to request records from the White House.
Donald Trump, a former President, stated that he plans to use executive privilege in order to reject subpoenas.

The committee is looking for records relating to Trump, including internal communications.

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Jan. 6 Committee Chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Vice-Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo. They reiterated their authority to request White House records, in light of Monday's lawsuit brought by former President Donald Trump to stop subpoenas for the investigation into the insurrection.

"The clear goal of the former president is to prevent the Select Committee from finding the facts about Jan. 6. His lawsuit is nothing but an attempt to delay or obstruct our investigation. According to Thompson and Cheney, "Precedent and law are on the side of us."

In their statement, Thompson and Cheney stated that President Biden had so far refused to invoke executive privilege and it is not absolute.

According to Thompson and Cheney, "Additionally there's a history of the White House accommodating congressional investigation requests when the public interests outweigh other concerns." "It's difficult to imagine a more compelling public need than to find answers about an attack against our democracy and an attempt at overturning the results of an electoral election."

Trump's lawyers claimed in the lawsuit that subpoenas were "invalid and nonenforceable through the Constitution or the laws of the United States." Trump stated that he intends to use executive privilege against them.

According to Politico, the Jan. 6 Committee requested a collection of Trump's records. This included his internal communications with lawyers, campaign operatives and senior officials.