- A federal judge rejected former President Donald Trump’s emergency request to keep a slew of White House records out of the hands of lawmakers investigating the deadly January 6 attack.
- The former president’s legal team will now look to an appeals court to block the release of those documents.
- The latest decision came a day after US District Judge Tanya Chutkan denied two separate attempts by Trump’s lawyer to block the release of the disputed record.
A federal judge on Wednesday rejected former President Donald Trump’s emergency request to keep White House records out of the hands of lawmakers investigating the deadly Jan.
Trump’s legal team will now look to an appeals court to block the National Archives from releasing those records to the House Select Committee that will investigate. US archivist David Ferriero is expected to begin turning over those documents on Friday.
The latest decision came a day after US District Judge Tanya Chutkan denied two separate attempts by Trump’s lawyer to block the release of the disputed record.
In his Wednesday night order, Chutkan said, “Notwithstanding the fact that he requests essentially the same relief as in his original preliminary injunction motion, [Trump] No new fact or argument has been given which would persuade the court to reconsider its decision of the day before.
The judge noted that Trump has already filed a notice of appeal in the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, and that he is “free to petition that Court for relief” before Friday.
Chutkan concluded, “This court will no longer effectively ignore its argument of denying injunctive relief in the first place to grant injunctive relief.”
A day earlier, the judge rejected Trump’s bid to block the National Archives from giving House investigators a tranche of records from his time in the White House, including strategies to turn Biden’s Electoral College victory around. About communication was also included.
Trump’s lawyer, Jesse Binnell, argued that many documents should be kept confidential because they were protected by executive privilege, the principle that allows certain executive branch deals to be kept confidential. President Joe Biden refused to apply the privilege to the disputed documents.
The judge wrote in the 39-page opinion that Trump’s view “appears to be based on the assumption that his executive power ‘permanently exists’ … but the president is not the king, and the plaintiffs are not the president.” “
Tuesday night’s ruling came hours after Chutkan denied a separate emergency request for an injunction pending an appeal in DC Circuit Court.
The judge denied that request on procedural grounds, calling it “premature” because it had yet to issue a final decision in the case.
Trump’s attorney filed a notice of appeal less than an hour after Chutkan’s decision Tuesday night.
The select committee is tasked with investigating the facts and causes of the January 6 invasion, when hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and forced a joint session of Congress to flee their chambers.
It has vowed to move its investigation forward as quickly as possible, including issuing summons as a first line of outreach to witnesses who may be uncooperative.
So far this week, the panel has summoned at least 16 more for testimony and documents from current and former Trump aides, including former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign adviser Jason Miller, attorney John Eastman, former White House press secretary Kayleigh has announced. McEnany and former senior advisor Stephen Miller.