Trump files lawsuit to keep Jan. 6 documents from Congress
A congressional committee's request was a "vexatious, illegal fishing expedition," the suit said
October 19, 2021
WASHINGTON - Former President Donald Trump on Monday sought to block the release of documents related to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection to a House committee investigating the attack, challenging President Joe Biden's initial decision to waive executive privilege.
In a federal lawsuit, Trump said the committee's August request was "almost limitless in scope," and sought many records that weren't connected to the siege. He called it a "vexatious, illegal fishing expedition" that was "untethered from any legitimate legislative purpose," according to the papers filed in federal court in the District of Columbia.
Trump's lawsuit was expected, as he had said he would challenge the investigation and at least one ally, Steve Bannon, has defied a subpoena. But the legal challenge went beyond the initial 125 pages of records that Biden recently cleared for release to the committee. The suit, which names the committee as well as the National Archives, seeks to invalidate the entirety of the congressional request, calling it overly broad, unduly burdensome and a challenge to separation of powers. It requests a court injunction to bar the archivist from producing the documents.