The United States Supreme Court has issued a decision on former President Donald Trump’s request for a review of the House Select Committee’s request for his documents on January 6, 2018. According to Yahoo News, they decided against the former president, which means the Select Committee will obtain the records from the National Archives.
The court’s decision to formally reject Trump’s appeal followed its Jan. 19 ruling, which resulted in the federal agency that keeps government and historical records handing over the materials to the House of Representatives investigating committee.
On December 9, the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit affirmed a lower court determination that Trump had no grounds to contest President Joe Biden’s decision to turn over the information to a House select committee. Trump then filed an appeal with the Supreme Court.
Trump and his supporters have been fighting a legal battle with the House Select Committee, attempting to prevent access to papers and witnesses. Trump has attempted to use executive privilege, a legal principle that preserves the confidentiality of some internal White House conversations, a position that has been rejected by lower courts.
The House Select Committee requested from the Archives phone records, visitation logs, and written correspondence between the former president and his advisors. President Joe Biden determined that the data belonged to the Executive Branch and were not protected by executive privilege.
Trump has retaliated by petitioning the Supreme Court to intervene and prevent the National Archives from delivering White House papers to the House Select Committee on January 6.
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This comes only weeks after the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the National Archives to provide the committee with the requested records, according to The Daily Mail.
It now brings the constitutional challenge to the Supreme Court, where Trump has nominated three of the nine sitting justices, and represents a last-ditch effort to keep the documents hidden from the committee, which has interviewed hundreds of witnesses in its attempt to reconstruct the events leading up to the Capitol riot.
Earlier this month, a three-judge panel, two chosen by President Barack Obama and one by Vice President Joe Biden, unanimously affirmed a lower court’s order denying Trump a preliminary injunction to prevent the publication of documents. Trump’s attorneys filed an emergency appeal in order to meet a lower court deadline.
The January 6th Committee has requested records, logs, pictures, and calendars as part of its investigation into Trump’s election-night campaign and the Capitol riot on the day Congress gathered to tally the electoral votes that elected Biden president.