Judge rejects Trump bid to block records from House probe of Jan. 6 Capitol riot

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  • A federal judge rejected an attempt to block a bipartisan House select committee from obtaining White House records as part of an investigation into former President Donald Trump’s deadly Capitol invasion.
  • The order came a day after the judge rejected an emergency bid by Trump’s lawyer to block the National Archives from sending documents for a congressional investigation into the January 6 attacks.
  • In mid-October, Trump sued for the United States Archivist to block a request from a select committee to hand over White House records from the former administration.

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A federal judge on Tuesday rejected an attempt to stop a bipartisan House select committee from obtaining White House records as part of an investigation into former President Donald Trump’s deadly Capitol invasion.

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The order came a day after the judge rejected an emergency bid by Trump’s lawyer to block the National Archives from sending documents for a congressional investigation into the January 6 attacks.

Trump sued to block Select Committee in mid-October Request for the Archivist of the United States To hand over White House records from prior administrations.

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Trump’s attorney Jesse Binnell argued in federal court in Washington that many of the documents being sought are protected by executive privilege.

Binnell’s fiery civil complaint accused members of the selection committee of trying to “harass” the former president through a “disturbing, illegal fishing campaign.” It also railed against President Joe Biden for dismissing Trump’s claims that some documents are protected by the privilege.

On Monday night, Binnal filed an emergency request for Judge Tanya Chutkan and issued an injunction preventing the National Archives from releasing the disputed records. Trump’s lawyer said archivist David Ferreiro would submit those documents to a select committee by Friday.

Binnell told Chutkan that if she ultimately decides not to block the committee’s request, Trump will “immediately” file an appeal. In that case, Binnell argued, Chutkan should issue an emergency injunction pending an appeal to give the appellate court time to consider it.

The attorney, noting Thursday the Veterans Day holiday, told Chutkan that if he didn’t issue the order by Wednesday, Trump would “interpret the court’s silence as a denial” and proceed to appeal in the DC circuit. Will grow.

“If injunctive relief is denied, the National Archives and Records Administration will present the record before judicial review is complete and before President Trump has an opportunity to hear fully and impartially,” Binnell said of an emergency injunction. was written in the request.

Chutkan rejected that request on procedural grounds shortly after midnight on Tuesday, calling it “premature” in the absence of a court order or final decision.

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