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GOP Rep. Jody Hice challenges subpoena from Georgia DA in Trump election probe

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Republican Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia is seeking to challenge in court a subpoena from Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis to appear before the grand jury investigating former President Donald Trump and his efforts to overturn the 2020 election in the state, according to a new court filing on Monday.

A federal judge scheduled a hearing in Atlanta for next Monday to consider Hice’s request that the court block the subpoena.

Hice was served last month, with the subpoena calling on him to testify before the grand jury this week. Hice went to court regarding the subpoena, and in the new filing, he indicated that he’s trying to move the proceedings from state court to federal court.

In filings with a federal court in Georgia, Hice argued that the subpoena violates the Constitution’s Speech or Debate Clause, which shields lawmakers from certain law enforcement actions related to their legislative duties. Hice also claimed that the subpoena ran afoul of the “high-ranking official” doctrine, which sets certain legal standards for when a high-ranking official can be compelled to give testimony.


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