"Today, President Donald J. Trump filed a lawsuit in defense of the Constitution, the Office of the President, and the future of our nation, all of which the sham Unselect Committee is trying to destroy," Trump's office said in a statement Monday. "The fact is America is under assault by Pelosi’s Communist-style attempt to silence and destroy America First patriots through this hyper-partisan and illegitimate investigation."
The lawsuit comes after the committee asked the National Archives earlier this year for records related to communications made within the Trump administration on the day of the Jan. 6 riot, setting the stage for the legal battle over executive privilege.
But Trump's lawsuit seeks an injunction against the release of the records, claiming the committee has "no legislative purpose."
The lawsuit also argues that former presidents have "inherent Constitutional Rights of Privilege," and that the National Archives has not had adequate time to organize documents that have been requested by Congress.
In the statement, Trump's office argued that the committee is a "partisan sham" that Democrats are using to distract from policies that are "killing and robbing Americans."
Some of the policies cited include the border crisis, which the state said is "flooding our communities with drugs and gangs" and "costing taxpayers billions." The statement also took issue with what it called a "mismanagement of COVID," rising crime because of efforts to defund police, and failure of economic policy.
"The media is complicit in advancing the Committee’s unconstitutionally flawed request," the statement said.
The statement also questioned how the requested records are related to the Jan. 6 riot.
"This committee exposed itself as a sham by requesting documents which serve no legitimate legislative purpose—what does President Trump's campaign polling data from Florida have to do with an investigation into January 6th," the statement concluded.