Former US President Donald Trump sued a House committee investigating an attack by his supporters on the Capitol on January 6, alleging that members of the committee made an illegal request for his records at the White House.
Trump asserted in the lawsuit he filed on Monday in Washington District Court that the materials sought by the committee are protected under a legal principle called executive benefits that guarantees the confidentiality of some conversations at the White House .
“The committee’s requests are unprecedented in their scale and extent and have no legitimate legislative purpose,” Trump’s attorney , Jesse Pinol, said in the lawsuit.
Committee member Liz Cheney, a Republican from Wyoming, and Benny Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi , said in a statement that Trump wants to “delay and obstruct” the investigation
“It is hard to imagine what is more important to people than seeking answers about an attack on our democracy and an attempt to nullify an election result,” they added.
Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol on January 6 in an attempt to block lawmakers’ declaration of Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.
More than 600 people face criminal charges because of their role in the raid