WASHINGTON (AP) – Former President Donald Trump on Thursday asked a federal appeals court to temporarily block reporting to a House committee investigating the January 6 uprising led by his supporters.
Trump’s lawyers have appealed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia for a temporary suspension. The National Archives is expected to hand over Trump’s call logs, draft speeches and other documents related to the uprising on Friday without a court order. Trump’s lawyers have asked the court to set a timetable that will defer any decision until next week.
Congress requested the tapes to better understand the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, in which rioters ransacked a building and forced into hiding lawmakers who had attested Trump’s election defeat to President Joe Biden.
Biden gave up executive privileges on documents. Trump then went to court, arguing that as a former president, he still had the right to enjoy privileges over the tapes and that publishing them would harm the presidency in the future.
US District Judge Tanya Chutkan rejected these arguments on Tuesday, noting in part: “Presidents are not kings, and the plaintiff is not the president.” On Wednesday, she again rejected Trump’s urgent motion.
In their appeal to the Court of Appeal, Trump’s lawyers wrote that without the suspension of action, the former president “will be irreparably harmed by the de facto denial of the constitutional and statutory right to be fully heard in the event of a serious disagreement between the former and the current president.”
The White House on Thursday also notified lawyer Mark Meadows, the former Trump chief of staff, that Biden would waive any executive privileges that would prevent Meadows from cooperating with the committee, according to a letter received by the AP. As part of the investigation, the committee summoned Meadows and more than two dozen other people to court.
Associated Press author Zeke Miller contributed to this report.