WASHINGTON (The Hill) — The Supreme Court on Tuesday denied an appeal by former President Trump in his dispute with congressional investigators who sought access to Trump-era records as part of the investigation of a House panel on the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol.
The court’s decision, which came in a brief unsigned order issued without comment, comes after judges rejected Trump’s emergency request to block the transfer of his White House files from the National Archives to the select committee of the House, a process that began last month.
Tuesday’s development formally ends Trump’s legal efforts to thwart lawmakers’ efforts to obtain a batch of requested schedules, call logs, emails and other documents that the committee says could illuminate the key circumstances surrounding the deadly Capitol Riot.
The order leaves intact a lower federal appeals court ruling that found Trump’s assertion of executive privilege and other legal theories unpersuasive in light of President Biden’s refusal to invoke the privilege, as well as the urgent task of the House panel.
Trump turned to the Supreme Court in December after lower federal courts rejected his requests to block the National Archives from turning over his administration’s records. His lawyers had asked judges to protect the disputed documents from disclosure while they considered his formal appeal.
The judges, however, denied Trump’s emergency request in a Jan. 19 ruling. Within hours, the House Jan. 6 committee began receiving filings, a development that panel chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wyo. ) hailed it as “a victory for the rule”. American law and democracy.
Tuesday’s court order marked the denial of Trump’s formal appeal request.
The Jan. 6 committee did not set a deadline for completing its investigation, but Thompson said the committee hopes to conclude by early spring.
The committee faces separate legal challenges to its investigative authority in ongoing legal clashes with former Trump adviser Steve Bannon and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, as well as spokesman of Trump Taylor Budowich and post-election legal adviser John Eastman.
This is a developing story.
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