Georgia Representative Jody, I did that refuses to comply with a subpoena ordered him to testify before the Special in Fulton County, Georgia grand jury Investigations into former President Donald Trump card‘s attempt to pressure Peach State officials to overturn Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory there.
The grand jury was formed earlier this year at the request of Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis. The grand jurors were sworn in on May 2 and given responsibility for investigating “the facts and circumstances relating, directly or indirectly, to possible attempts to interfere with the lawful conduct of the 2020 Georgia state election.”
Ms. Willis has already issued subpoenas to other Trump allies and Georgia officials, including Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger and Gov. Brian Kemp. Some, like South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, have declined to testify in the investigation.
On Monday, Mr. Hice filed a court filing transferring the Fulton County Superior Court subpoena to federal court in Atlanta, arguing that he was a “federal officer” who deserved any attempt to enforce the subpoena asserted in federal court.
“Because Congressman Hice is a member of the United States House of Representatives and is being asked to testify pursuant to a state-issued subpoena, the federal officer removal statute should apply, and therefore this lawsuit should be brought in the United States District Court in the Northern District of Georgia.” ‘ his lawyers wrote.
If the federal court decides to retain jurisdiction over the case, Mr. Hice could ask the court to vacate the subpoena because it violates the limited immunity afforded to members of Congress to act on legislation.