HARRISBURG, Pa. Pennsylvanias Republican nominee for governor on Thursday sued the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, contesting its legal capability to force him to answer questions about any of it.
The lawsuit filed by Doug Mastriano contends that the committee lacks appointees of House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and therefore does not adhere to House rules for conducting a compelled deposition of witnesses.
An adequately appointed ranking minority member is essential for a witness to possess usage of protections provided internal rules on deposition authority, the lawsuit says.
Last month, Mastriano cut short a closed-door interview without answering questions from committee members. The committee refused to let Mastriano record the deposition, Mastrianos lawsuit said, and Mastriano has concerns about how exactly the committee might disseminate excerpts to the general public from the closed-door deposition with him, the lawsuit said.
A committee spokesperson declined touch upon the lawsuit, filed in federal court in Washington.
Still, Mastrianos lawyer, Timothy Parlatore, has said his client is ready to voluntarily testify publicly prior to the panel and contains told the FBI he didnt find out about a well planned insurrection or any coordination behind the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
Mastriano, circumstances senator and retired U.S. Army colonel who won the GOP nomination for governor in-may, was in regular communication with Donald Trump because the then-president sought in which to stay power despite his 2020 election loss to Democrat Joe Biden.
Mastriano helped organize efforts in Pennsylvania to submit alternate presidential electors beholden to Trump and was seen beyond your Capitol as pro-Trump demonstrators attacked police.
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