CLEVELAND (AP) — U.S. Rep. Jim Renacci (reh-NAY’-see) wants a federal judge in Cleveland to quash a subpoena and prevent him from being called to testify at the trial of a northeast Ohio businessman.
Telemarketing millionaire Ben Suarez is on trial on charges related to violations of federal campaign finance laws, obstruction of justice and witness tampering.
Suarez is accused of donating $100,000 each to Renacci’s 2012 campaign and to the 2012 failed U.S. Senate campaign of Ohio Treasurer Josh Mandel (man-DEHL’) in the hope they would help him with a consumer protection complaint against Suarez’s company in California.
Both Republicans returned the donations after learning of an FBI investigation. The two politicians aren’t accused of wrongdoing.
Attorneys for Renacci say the congressman’s testimony isn’t essential to the case.