A federal judge on Tuesday rejected former President Donald Trump’s request to block the release of documents to the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riots.
US District Judge Tanya Chutkan declined to issue a preliminary injunction sought by Trump’s lawyers. Chutkan said President Joe Biden was in “the best place” to determine whether to waive executive privilege on documents sought by the House.
“At the bottom, this is a dispute between a former and incumbent president,” wrote Chutkan. “And the Supreme Court has already made it clear that in such circumstances, the view of the incumbent is given more importance.”
Chutkan said Trump “does not accept the outstanding respect” for Biden’s decision as the current president, Chutkan said. However, he added, “the president is not the king, and the plaintiffs are not the president.”
The National Archives has said it will overturn the record by Friday, in the absence of a court order restraining it from doing so. Minutes after the pinch order became public, Trump filed notice that he would appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The matter is likely to eventually reach the US Supreme Court.
Biden largely waived executive privilege over records that would be given to the committee, including call logs, drafts of comments and speeches, and handwritten notes from Trump’s then-chief of staff, Mark Meadows, which were published by the National Archives. filed in a court. The National Archives said there are also copies of the talking points of then-press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and “a draft executive order on the subject of election integrity”.
A House committee was formed to investigate the circumstances behind the deadly rebellion in which supporters of the former president sought to reverse his losses in the 2020 election. Trump has repeatedly attacked the work of the committee and continues to promote unfounded conspiracy theories about the election.
Suing to block the National Archives from turning over the documents, Trump called the House panel’s request a “disturbing, illegal fishing campaign” that was “immoral for any legitimate legislative purpose.” Trump’s lawyers argued that allowing the House access to his records would harm the executive privileges of future presidents.
Chutkan said that “the public interest lies in allowing – not involving – the combined will of the legislative and executive branches to study the events that happened on 6 January and to consider legislation to prevent such incidents from happening again.” For.”
Representative Benny Thompson, D-Miss., who chairs the House committee, told CNN Tuesday that Pinch’s decision was “a big deal” and asked to stop treating Trump like a “spoiled brat.” needed.
“I look forward to receiving this information,” Thompson said. “I am looking at our investigators with a fine-toothed comb to make sure that our government was not a weapon against its citizens.”