Former President Donald Trump on Thursday asked the US Supreme Court to block the release of White House records sought by the House of Representatives committee probing the deadly January 6 attack on the Capitol.
Trump’s request came two weeks after the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the former president had no grounds to challenge Democratic President Joe Biden’s decision to allow him to hand over the documents. This decision will be on hold till the Supreme Court takes action.
Biden previously stipulated that the records, which belong to the executive branch, should not be subject to executive privilege, which confidentially protects some internal White House communications, and that turning them over to Congress is the best of the nation. was in the interest.
Trump’s lawyers said in his court filing that the House select committee’s request was “extremely broad” and “an unprecedented encroachment on executive privilege.”
The appeals court’s decision was another blow to the Republican former president and his allies, who have fought a legal battle with the committee over access to documents and witnesses.
The committee has asked the National Archives, the US agency that keeps Trump’s White House records, to prepare visitor logs, phone records and written communications between his advisers.
The panel said it needed the record to understand what role Trump might have played in inciting the violence.
Trump has argued that he can invoke executive privilege based on the fact that he was president at the time, even though he is no longer in office.
US District Judge Tanya Chutkan rejected Trump’s arguments on November 9, saying she did not acknowledge “outstanding respect” for Biden’s determination that the committee could access the record. Adding: “The president is not the king, and the plaintiffs are not the president.”
The Supreme Court has a 6-3 conservative majority consisting of three Trump-appointed justices, but it has not always been receptive to his requests.
In February, the court rejected his request to withhold the disclosure of his tax records as part of a criminal investigation in New York and also turned down efforts in 2020 by Trump and his allies to reverse that year’s presidential election , which he lost to Biden.