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U.S. Rep. Renacci moves to kill a subpoena to testify in the Suarez trial
Congressman accuses Suarez of fishing
by WKSU's M.L. SCHULTZE


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M.L. Schultze
 
Ben Suarez is accused of channeling $200,000 through straw donors, many of whom worked for his company.
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A Northeast Ohio congressman is trying to quash subpoenas that would force him to testify in the criminal trial of one of his campaign contributors. WKSU’s M.L. Schultze has more on the latest twist in the federal trail of Ben Suarez.

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Suarez and his North Canton company are accused of steering $200,000 through his employees and family members to two campaigns: The congressional campaign of U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci and the Senate campaign of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel. 

Suarez’s attorneys have subpoenaed both politicians to testify during the federal trial, which began last week in Cleveland. Now Renacci has filed a motion to kill the subpoena. It maintains he can’t be compelled to testify about his official activities, that the testimony will interfere with his governmental responsibilities, and that he is protected by the speech or debate clause covering sitting members of Congress. 

It also accuses Suarez of being on a fishing expedition for documents that are not material to his defense.   

Suarez was pressing Renacci and Mandel to help him battle authorities in California who filed deceptive advertising against his products.

 Neither of the politicians has been charged, and both have returned the money.

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