The January 6 committee asks the Supreme Court to reject Trump’s request to screen records

The congressional committee, which is examining the January 6 riots, asked the Supreme Court on Thursday to reject former President Donald Trump’s request to protect his White House records from investigators.

“Although the facts are unprecedented, this case is not a difficult one. [Trump] attempts to overturn the current president’s reasonable decision that the select committee is entitled to three tranches of the president’s records in accordance with its request, ”the House committee said in a 44-page lawsuit.

“To the extent that new issues linger in the background, this case would be a poor means of resolving them. The review by this Court is unjustified, and [Trump’s] petition … should be rejected, “the panel added.

Trump asked the Supreme Court last week to block the National Archives from passing on any of his White House records to the committee on Jan. 6, after lower courts joined the panel’s efforts.

The court will probably obtain an answer from the National Archives before deciding whether to take the case. There is no deadline for the right to act.

The House Committee is pursuing a series of documents related to the events of January 6, including records of communications between the White House and the Department of Justice that led to the attack on the Capitol. Trump has objected, claiming executive privilege over the documents, but President Joe Biden declined to consider the records privileged. Instead, Biden instructed the National Archives to hand over the materials to the committee.

The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia ruled this month that Trump has not shown any specific harm he would suffer from the publication of the documents. In addition, the Court of Appeals said that although Trump retained limited authority to invoke executive privileges, it was not strong enough to overcome Biden’s decision that Congress has a legitimate need for the records.

Trump’s legal team has claimed that the courts erred in finding the House Committee has a legitimate legislative purpose in searching the documents. Its real purpose is not just to find facts, his lawyers have argued, but an attempt to seek information that would embarrass Trump.

Earlier this week, on January 6, the committee reached an agreement with Biden White House to postpone its request for some Trump records, indicating that there were documents that Biden was not willing to hand over to the panel. The agreement mostly protects records that do not involve the events of January 6, but which were covered by the committee’s request for documents from Trump’s White House about the events of that day.

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