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US Supreme Court blocks Trump’s bid to keep January 6 document from Congress – National |

In a rebuke to former US President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court has allowed the release of presidential documents sought by the Congressional Committee probing the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

US Supreme Court blocks Trump's bid to keep January 6 document from Congress - National |

Judges on Wednesday rejected Trump’s bid to withhold documents from the committee until the issue is resolved by the courts. Trump’s lawyers had hoped to prolong the court battle and put the documents on hold.

Following the High Court action, there is no legal impediment to return the documents held by the National Archives and Records Administration. These include presidential diaries, visitor logs, speech drafts and handwritten notes from the files of former Chief of Staff Mark Meadows from January 6.

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The House Committee on Biden agreed to postpone his attempt to obtain certain documents at the request of the White House. The current administration was concerned that releasing all of the Trump administration documents demanded by the committee could compromise national security and executive privileges.

Clarence Thomas, alone among the judges, said he would have accepted Trump’s request to withhold the documents.

Trump’s lawyers asked the high court to reverse the decisions of the federal appeals court in Washington and halt the release of the records even after President Joe Biden waived executive privileges on him.

In an unsigned opinion, the court acknowledged that there are “serious and substantial concerns” over whether a former president can win a court order preventing the disclosure of certain records from his time in office in such a situation. .

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But the court noted that the appeals court determined that Trump’s claim of privilege over the documents would fail under any circumstances, “even if he was the incumbent.”

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It said the issue of a former president’s ability to claim executive privileges would have to wait another day.

The court took issue with the appeals court’s finding that undermined the interests of the former president, suggesting that the incumbent president may disregard the claims of his predecessor.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who served in the White House under President George W. Bush, wrote separately to argue that “a former president has to be able to successfully apply a president’s communications privilege to communications occurring during his presidency.” Even if the current President does not support the claim of privilege.”

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But Kavanaugh, who was appointed by Trump, did not object to Wednesday’s result.

Before and after the riots, Trump promoted false theories about electoral fraud and suggested that the “real rebellion” was on Election Day, when he lost to Biden.

Reiterating their arguments before lower courts, Trump’s lawyers urged the judges to step in, arguing that the case pertains to all future White House occupants. Trump’s lawyers said former presidents “had a clear right to protect their confidential records from premature dissemination.”

“Congress cannot engage in a fishing campaign hoping to embarrass President Trump or expose the sensitive and privileged communications of the President and his staff,” he said.

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But the House committee responded in its High Court brief that although the facts of the case are “unprecedented”, the decision was “not difficult”.

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There was no explanation for the timing of the court action. But the National Archives told the appeals court and Trump’s lawyers it would overturn some documents it claims were not part of the court case in the absence of a new court order on Wednesday.

Also on Wednesday, the House committee probing the Capitol rebellion issued summons to leaders of an alt-right group who attended events promoting baseless claims of voter fraud after the 2020 election.

The committee called for records and testimony from Nick Fuentes and Patrick Casey – Internet celebrities who have promoted white supremacist beliefs – in what lawmakers say are propaganda of unsupported claims about the election and held the Capitol grounds on January 6, 2021. in his presence.

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Since its creation last summer, the committee has interviewed nearly 350 people as it seeks to create a comprehensive record of the attack and its aftermath.

Associated Press writer Fernoush Amiri contributed to this report.

© 2022 Canadian Press


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