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Fox News subpoenaed by Trump attorneys for interview footage in Jan. 6 lawsuit

Incident Details

Date of Incident
July 2023
Fox News

Subpoena/Legal Order

Legal Orders
Legal Order Target
Legal Order Venue
July 1, 2023

Fox News Network was subpoenaed by former President Donald Trump’s legal team in July 2023 for recordings and notes after ex-network host Tucker Carlson referenced an unaired interview he conducted with former U.S. Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund.

Trump is facing a lawsuit filed by seven Capitol Police officers who were injured during the Jan. 6 riots at the Capitol. On March 16, 2023, the U.S. Court of Appeals denied Trump’s request to reconsider his motion to dismiss the suit, as well as several others. Discovery in the case is now underway.

Puck reported that Carlson spoke about his interview with Sund during a July 7 podcast with Russell Brand. According to Carlson, Sund claimed the Jan. 6 crowd was rife with federal agents.

Trump now seeks a copy of the recording and any related notes, according to Mediaite.

After receiving the subpoena, Fox News wrote Trump’s legal team arguing that the materials are protected under reporter’s privilege and suggested that they could obtain the information by deposing Sund himself, according to Puck. Mediaite also reported that Sund recently published a book about the riots.

Fox News did not respond to a request for comment as of publication.

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