Pennsylvania Governor candidate Doug Mastriano has opted to sue the January 6th Committee, saying that they lack legal standing to compel witnesses to participate in depositions.
Mastriano’s legal team has claimed that the committee lacks legal standing to subpoena witnesses because there is no guarantee that they will get a fair hearing.
Mastriano’s lawyers claim that witnesses cannot get a fair hearing in front of the committee due to its partisan makeup, with only two Republicans who were not selected by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Ca.)
Mastriano is being called to testify before the January 6th Committee.
During a virtual appearance that only lasted fifteen minutes, he allegedly refused to respond to any questions from the Committee.
“He didn’t answer a single question,” a source familiar with the matter previously told CNN.
FOX News Reports–
Republican Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate Doug Mastriano is suing the House special committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol.
Mastriano, a state senator, filed a complaint in federal court Thursday challenging the legality of the panel’s ability to compel witnesses to sit for depositions.
“Central to this issue is the fact that this committee lacks a ranking minority Member, or any members designated by the minority party,” the suit reads. “Although courts have previously held that, despite this defect, the committee has the power to issue subpoenas, no court has ever examined the issue of whether this particular committee is able to comply with the deposition regulations which explicitly require certain actions to be taken by the ranking minority member.”
Mastriano’s lawyers assert that they are not questioning the legality of the committee or its ability to issue subpoenas. Rather they say that without a ranking Republican member, the committee cannot guarantee witnesses being deposed a fair hearing.