Trump to ask court to keep records away from U.S. Capitol riot panel

  • In US
  • 2021-11-30 11:11:41Z
  • By Reuters

By Jan Wolfe

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Former President Donald Trump's lawyers on Tuesday are set to ask a U.S. appeals court to keep records about his conversations and actions before and during the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot by a mob of his supporters away from congressional investigators.

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has scheduled an oral argument for 9:30 a.m. ET (1430 GMT) on Trump's appeal of a judge's decision that the White House records should be released to a congressional committee.

The House of Representatives select committee investigating the riot has asked the National Archives, the U.S. agency housing Trump's White House records, to produce visitor logs, phone records and written communications between his advisers. The panel has said it needs the records to understand any role Trump may have played in fomenting the violence.

Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a bid to prevent Congress from formally certifying his 2020 election loss to Democrat Joe Biden. Shortly before the riot, Trump gave a speech to his supporters repeating his false claims that the election was stolen from him through widespread voting fraud and urging them to go to the Capitol and "fight like hell" to "stop the steal."

Trump sued the committee and the National Archives to try to prevent the release. In court filings, Trump's lawyers called the Democratic-led investigation politically motivated, and argued that the documents sought by the committee are protected by executive privilege, a legal doctrine that allows presidents to keep private some of their conversations with advisers.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan on Nov. 9 rejected Trump's arguments, saying the Republican former president had not acknowledged the "deference owed" to Biden's determination as president that the House committee could access the materials.

"While broad, these requests, and each of the other requests made by the Committee, do not exceed the Committee's legislative powers," Chutkan said in her decision. "Presidents are not kings, and Plaintiff is not President."

The D.C. Circuit put off allowing the committee to access the records while it considers the matter. The three judges on the appeals panel randomly assigned to the case were appointed to the judiciary by either Biden or former President Barack Obama, both Democrats.

If Trump loses at the D.C. Circuit, he could take the matter to the U.S. Supreme Court. Trump also has directed associates to stonewall the committee, which has sought testimony and records from a number of them. His former chief strategist Steve Bannon already has been charged with two counts of contempt of Congress for defying the committee, pleading not guilty

(Reporting by Jan Wolfe; Editing by Will Dunham Scott Malone)


More Related News

Romney on election reform: I never got a call from the White House
Romney on election reform: I never got a call from the White House

"He's got to recognize that when he was elected, people were not looking for him to transform America," he said of President Joe Biden.

DirecTV Dumping OAN In Major Blow To Right-Wing News Operation
DirecTV Dumping OAN In Major Blow To Right-Wing News Operation

The decision follows a storm of criticism over OAN's promotion of lies about a rigged presidential election, COVID misinformation and conspiracy theories.

Trump's COVID and Election Falsehoods at Arizona Rally

WASHINGTON - During a rally in Arizona on Saturday, former President Donald Trump repeated his lie that the 2020 election was stolen and made other false...

GOP Senator Naively Dismisses Trump
GOP Senator Naively Dismisses Trump's 'Big Lie' Push: Americans Won't 'Vote for a Cheat'

CNNSen. Bill Cassidy (R-LA) attempted to wave off any concerns on Sunday about former President Donald Trump's push to install election-denying supporters...

Behind Trump
Behind Trump's sudden Covid vaccine evangelism

Advisers have privately urged former president to be more full-throated in taking credit for and promoting the shots as he mulls a rematch against Biden.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked with *

Cancel reply


Top News: US