The Jan. 6 committee subpoenaed Robin Vos, the Republican Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly who was attacked by former President Donald Trump, last weekend to testify about a phone call he received from the former president in July.
The panel is seeking Vos’s testimony by Monday, but the Wisconsin lawmaker is suing to block the citation.
In his lawsuit, Vos attached a letter from Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the Jan. 6 committee, seeking testimony. Thompson cited Trump’s efforts to pressure Vos to change the outcome of the 2020 election in Wisconsin following the state Supreme Court’s decision in July to restrict the use of the ballot box for absentee voting in future elections. After Vos allegedly told Trump that complying with his demand would be illegal, the former president posted derogatory comments directed at Vos and endorsed his challenger in the Republican primary.
“The circumstances and details about his interactions with former President Trump in connection with the 2020 election are relevant to the select committee investigation and proposed recommendations,” Thompson wrote.
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Vos is suing the committee to stop him from enforcing his subpoena, which was first reported by Politico; the speaker from Wisconsin argues that the subpoena “imposes a lesser burden” by requiring compliance on short notice.
“Despite conducting such an extensive investigation, and despite having known for months about the sole matter for which it seeks President Vos’s testimony, the committee served the President on the afternoon of Saturday, September 24, 2022, with a subpoena to appear for a statement in the early morning of September 26, 2022,” Vos wrote. “This is a notice of less than 48 hours, and the only day in between was a Sunday.”
Vos wrote that he believes the “only explanation for such an extreme timeline” is the House Committee’s desire to make the statement before its next public hearing, scheduled for Wednesday.
Vos also argued that the committee’s rationale for removing him is “unclear.” In the filing, Vos wrote that his conversations with Trump in July related to the Wisconsin Supreme Court decision, but “did not relate to the events of January 6, not even (to interpret the authorization resolution broadly”). ) the events leading up to it or its immediate aftermath”.
Vos’ lawsuit against the House Committee comes more than a month after he narrowly survived a primary challenge against Trump-backed challenger Adam Steen.
Vos, the longest-serving speaker in Wisconsin history, became the target of the former president’s wrath for refusing to overturn the state’s 2020 election results for months. Following his victory in the Republican primary last month, Vos told The Associated Press that his victory showed lawmakers “don’t have to be a lapdog for whatever Donald Trump says.”