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The U.S. Supreme Court rejected Trump’s bid to keep the Capitol attack record secret

The Supreme Court has rejected a bid by former President Donald Trump to prevent the publication of documents related to the January 6 riots by his supporter mobs to the Parliamentary Commission.

Shortly before the January 6 attack, Trump told supporters that the 2020 election had been stolen from him, went to the Capitol and “stop stealing” to “fight like hell.” I did. (AP archive)

The U.S. Supreme Court has requested former President Donald Trump to block the release of White House records sought by a Democratic-led parliamentary panel investigating a deadly attack on the Capitol by a mob of supporters last year. Was rejected.

Wednesday’s decision means that documents held by the government and federal agencies that keep historical records can be disclosed even if proceedings on this matter continue in lower courts.

Only one of the nine members of the court, conservative judge Clarence Thomas, publicly pointed out the disagreement with the decision.

Mr. Trump’s request to the judge is grounds for disagreeing with President Joe Biden’s decision to allow the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on December 9 to hand over records to the House of Representatives Selection Committee. It was issued after it was decided that it was not.

Trump and his allies have fought an ongoing legal battle with the Commission trying to block access to documents and witnesses. Trump sought to exercise a legal principle known as executive privilege. This is a secret protection of some of the White House’s internal communications and is a stance rejected by lower courts.

Trump’s status was “no difference”

A brief order from the Supreme Court said the serious question of whether the former president could claim executive privilege does not need to be answered in order to resolve the case.

“His position as former president did not necessarily influence the court’s decision, as the Court of Appeals concluded that Mr. Trump’s allegations failed, even if in his current position,” the unsigned order said. Stated.

The House Committee said a record was needed to understand the possible role Trump played in facilitating the violence that occurred on January 6, 2021.

The Commission has asked the National Archives, which holds records for Trump’s White House, to create visitor logs, phone records, and written communications between his advisors.

Biden, who took office two weeks after the riot, decided that records belonging to the executive branch should not be subject to executive privilege and that it is in the best interests of the country to hand them over to parliament.

Mr. Trump argued that he could exercise executive privilege based on the fact that he was then president, even though he was no longer in office.

“The president is not the king”

On November 9, Judge Tanya Chutkan of the U.S. District Court did not recognize Biden’s “obligation” for the Commission’s access to records, “the president is not the king, the plaintiff is not the president.” He rejected Trump’s claim.

The special committee consists of seven Democrats and two Republicans. The Supreme Court’s 6 to 3 conservative majority includes three judges appointed by Trump, but he does not always accept his request.

Last year, the court dismissed his request to block the disclosure of his tax records as part of a criminal investigation in New York, and dismissed Trump’s and his allies’ attempts to overturn the 2020 elections.

Shortly before the riots, Trump reiterated to a crowd of supporters his false allegations that the 2020 election was stolen from him by widespread fraudulent voting, to go to the Capitol and “stop the theft”. I told him to “fight like hell”.

Delays in the Supreme Court’s permission to disclose records can impair the opportunity for the Panel to obtain records. The Commission aims to finish its work before the November parliamentary elections, when Trump’s fellow Republicans are trying to regain control of the House of Representatives. Republicans oppose the creation of a committee and may stop the investigation if they win a majority in the meeting room.

Source: Reuters

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