A group of former executive lawyers on Wednesday called on the Supreme Court to reject an effort from the former President TrumpDonald Trump 29 percent of GOP supports efforts to target accused troublemakers Jan. 6: Poll Trump warns Alaska GOP governor that he will withdraw endorsement if he backs Murkowski, Michigan, Republican John James ‘strongly considering’ House run MORE to hamper the House Committee’s inquiry into the deadly attack on the Capitol on 6 January.
The group of legal heavyweights, consisting of half a dozen former White House and top attorneys from the Justice Department who served under Republican presidents, claimed in an amicus brief that Trump’s claim of executive privilege over his administration’s records is offset by congressional investigators’ pursuit of facts about the Trump-inspired uprising.
“Congress is now investigating these events and deciding how to prevent failed candidates from trying to undermine our democracy in the future,” they wrote. “Amici believes that the documents in question should be disclosed, inter alia, given the importance of the House’s investigation into the January 6 attack and the current president’s reasonable decision that executive privilege should not be asserted in this case.”
President BidenJoe BidenBiden, Lawmakers Grieve over Harry Reid 29 Percent of GOP’s Support Efforts to Accuse Accused 6 January Rioters: Poll Congress Must Meet at the Moment to Hold Big Pharma Responsible MORE refused to invoke executive privileges over Trump-era schedules, call logs, emails and other documents after concluding that Parliament’s committee’s need for records exceeded any possible advantage the executive could gain by keeping them hidden.
The former government attorneys also withdrew from Trump’s claim that congressional investigators lack a legitimate legislative purpose in requesting his administration’s records.
“It is difficult to imagine a more convincing interest than Parliament’s interest in determining what legislation may be needed to respond to the most significant attack on the Capitol in 200 years and the efforts to undermine our basic form of government represented by that attack. , “they wrote.
Among the authors of the letter are Donald Ayer, who served in the top roles in the Department of Justice (DOJ) under Presidents Reagan and George HW Bush; Peter Keisler, a senior DOJ official under President George W. Bush and an associate adviser to the White House under Reagan; and Carter Phillips, an assistant solicitor general under Reagan, who regularly speaks for the Supreme Court.
The January 6 attack resulted in four pro-Trump rioters, including a woman who was shot by Capitol police. A Capitol police officer suffered a fatal stroke one day after sustaining injuries in the melee, and four other members of law enforcement who responded that day have since died of suicide. More than 700 rioters have been charged.
The House later formed a bipartisan selection committee to investigate the attack and consider legislative measures to further secure the Capitol and make American democracy less vulnerable.
Trump and many close political allies have opposed the panel’s requests for information.
A federal appeals court in Washington, DC, rejected Trump’s request to block the National Archives from handing over records to the House committee, prompting his emergency request to the Supreme Court last week.
The panel of representatives is expected to deliver a lawsuit on Thursday.