Pennsylvania attorney sues to block subpoena for GOP election




HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) – The Pennsylvania attorney general sued Thursday to block a Republican-approved subpoena to state election officials in what Republicans call a “forensic investigation” into the presidential election last year, spurred on by former President Donald Trump’s unfounded claims that he was swindled out of victory.

The trial of state attorney general Josh Shapiro, a Democrat, is the second so far against a subpoena approved last week by the Republican-controlled Senate Intergovernmental Operations Committee. Both have been filed in Commonwealth State Court.

Shapiro’s office has widely asked the court to block the subpoena because it says it serves no legitimate legislative purpose and stems from Trump’s efforts to undermine confidence in the 2020 presidential election results.

The prosecution at other points targets certain requests for information in the summons as illegal or unconstitutional and unenforceable.

For example, complying with the request for information about the voters on the summons – including names, dates of birth, driver’s license numbers and partial social security numbers – would violate constitutional law. of a person’s privacy, particularly because the subpoena is not based on evidence of wrongdoing.

It would also put voters at risk of exposing their personal information, thereby violating the constitutional right to vote, he said.

The subpoena was emailed to senior State Department officials last week. Democrats in the state Senate have also filed a lawsuit to block the subpoena and end the Republicans’ “forensic investigation”.


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