Hearing set for next month as Vos fights subpoena from Jan. 6 committee over Trump phone call
MILWAUKEE — A hearing has been scheduled for late next month in federal court as Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos fights a subpoena to testify before the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the U.S. Capitol.
Vos filed a lawsuit over the weekend after receiving a subpoena seeking his testimony in front of the committee investigating the January 6 attack. The committee wants to learn more about a call Vos received from former President Donald Trump earlier this summer about efforts to decertify the 2020 election in Wisconsin.
Court documents show that as part of a joint order filed Tuesday, Vos agreed to withdraw a request for a temporary restraining order keeping him from testifying and the committee agreed not to enforce the subpoena while the case is pending.
As part of the filing, Vos has until the end of the day on Oct. 4 to file a motion seeking a preliminary injunction in the case. The committee has until the end of the day on Oct. 11 to file its response.
The issue will then be heard during a hearing at 1 p.m. on Oct. 24., according to court documents.
Vos had been scheduled to appear for a deposition Monday morning after being served with the subpoena on Saturday.
The Assembly speaker said in a statement to News 3 Now on Monday he was surprised to receive the subpoena, “since I have no information to provide about the events surrounding January 6th.”
“My conversation with former President Trump took place many months after January 6th and has been about his concerns regarding issues in Wisconsin with the way the 2020 election was handled, a fact that has been publicly documented on numerous occasions in the media,” Vos wrote. “Given how close we are to the midterms, this subpoena seems to be more about partisan politics than actual fact-finding.”
Vos made a number of arguments in his suit, including that the subpoena, “imposes an undue burden, seeks to infringe on (his) legislative immunity from civil process, lacks a lawful purpose, and was issued from an unlawful Committee.”
The committee had been set to hold its latest hearing on Wednesday but postponed it due to Hurricane Ian.
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