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Trump Sues to Block Release of Documents to Congressional Committee on Jan. 6 Riots

HeadlineOct 19, 2021

Former President Donald Trump has filed a lawsuit to stop the congressional committee investigating the Capitol insurrection from receiving records about the January 6 riot, as well as Trump’s efforts to overturn the will of voters in the November election. Trump’s legal team claims the request undermines Trump’s executive privilege, and is asking for more time to review records requests.

This comes as the January 6 committee has laid out its contempt case against former Trump White House strategist Stephen Bannon, who defied a congressional subpoena, claiming executive privilege. The committee is expected to vote today to refer Bannon for criminal charges.

Meanwhile, Donald Trump gave several hours of videotaped testimony Monday in a deposition ordered by a New York judge. The civil case was brought by six plaintiffs of Mexican descent who say Trump’s security guards assaulted them outside Trump Tower in 2015 as they peacefully protested Trump’s racist comments about Mexicans. Their lawyer said Monday that Trump personally authorized the violence.

Benjamin Dictor: “We believe there is ample evidence to demonstrate that before and after the incident at issue, the Trump Organization, the Trump campaign and Donald J. Trump himself authorized and condoned violent acts in violation of individual rights.”

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