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The Supreme Court paves the way for Trump’s White House document review of the committee on Jan. 6

The vote was 8-1, with Judge Clarence Thomas disagreeing.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday rejected former President Donald Trump's request for a postponement of a lower court mandate that hundreds of pages of his January 6 presidential records be handed over to the congressional committee investigating the attack on the US capital.

The vote was 8-1. Judge Clarence Thomas would have granted the application.

In November, an appeals court put a temporary halt to the handing over of the records after Trump sued the committee and the National Archives, claiming executive privileges over a large number of documents identified as relevant to the Jan. 6 investigation into Trump's efforts to overthrow the election. in 2020. and the subsequent attack on the Capitol.

Among the records the committee sought were notes from the White House and call and visitor logs from and around January 6th.

"The decision of the court below significantly expands the power of Congress," Trump's attorneys told the Supreme Court in their request for review. "The Constitution, the precedent of this Court and the Presidential Records Act prevent two politically aligned branches of government from exercising unrestricted power to undermine the presidency and our republic. "

In the court's ruling, Supreme Court Justice John Roberts wrote that "the questions of whether and under what circumstances a former president can obtain a court order preventing the publication of privileged records from his term of office, in light of a decision by the incumbent president to waive privilege, is unprecedented and raises serious and significant concerns. "

"However, the Court of Appeal had no reason to rule on these issues because it analyzed and rejected President Trump's privilege claims 'during any of the tests'. [he] advocates, 'without regard to his status as former president,' Roberts wrote.

In the trial, Trump's lawyer Jesse Binnall claimed that the committee "has decided to harass President Trump ... by sending an illegal, unfounded and overriding request for records to the U.S. archivist" and accused President Joe Biden of participating in "a political trick for to accommodate his party-affiliated allies "by refusing to block the release of Trump's records to the committee on January 6.

Instead, Biden ordered the National Archives to release records that Trump had sought to classify as privileged communications.


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