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Trump Uses ‘Stop the Steal’ Lawyer to Sue Jan. 6 Committee

Scott Olson

Former President Donald Trump on Monday sued the chair of the congressional committee investigating the January 6 insurrection and the little-known archivist of the United States, in an attempt to stop the inquiry from using documents the former president claims are privileged.

The lawsuit was filed on Monday in the District of Columbia’s federal court and goes after Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS), who is leading the select committee, and David S. Ferriero, who has served as the official “Archivist” of the United States since November 2009 and is in charge of keeping presidential records and documents at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.

The lawsuit lambasts the current congressional inquiry, calling it “a vexatious, illegal fishing expedition” that “has decided to harass President Trump and senior members of his administration (among others) by sending an illegal, unfounded, and overbroad records request” for his presidential papers at the National Archives.

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