The Jan. 6 committee subpoenaed Robin Vos, the Republican Speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly who was targeted by former President Donald Trump last weekend for testimony about a phone call he received from the former president in July.
The panel is seeking Vos’s testimony by Monday, but the Wisconsin legislator is suing to block the subpoena.
In her lawsuit, Vos attached a letter from Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chair of the Jan. 6 committee, seeking her testimony. Thompson cited Trump’s efforts to pressure Vos to change the outcome of Wisconsin’s 2020 election following the state Supreme Court’s decision in July to restrict the use of ballot boxes in Wisconsin. postal voting in future elections. After Vos allegedly told Trump that following through on his request would be illegal, the former president posted derogatory comments against Vos and endorsed his opponent in the GOP primary.
“The circumstances and details regarding your interactions with former President Trump regarding the 2020 election are relevant to the select committee’s investigation and proposed recommendations,” Thompson wrote.
NBC News has reached out to the committee for comment.
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 sub-burden” by requiring compliance on short notice.
“Despite conducting such a thorough investigation, and despite having been aware for months of the one matter in which it seeks testimony from President Vos, the committee served on the President on Saturday afternoon September 24, 2022 a subpoena for deposition first thing in the morning of September 26, 2022,” Vos wrote. “This is less than 48 hours notice, and the only day in between was a Sunday. “
Vos wrote that he believed the “sole explanation for such an extreme timeline” was the House committee’s desire to proceed with the deposition 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 pertained to the Wisconsin Supreme Court’s decision, but “do not pertain to the events of January 6, or even (to interpret the authorization resolution broadly) the events leading up to it or its immediate consequences.
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 ire for refusing to overturn the state’s 2020 election results for months. Following his victory in the GOP primary last month, Vos told The Associated Press that his win proved lawmakers “don’t need to be a lapdog for everything Donald Trump says.”