Federal judge refuses Trump request to block January 6 records

A federal judge has denied former President Donald Trump’s motion to block the release of documents to the House Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot.

When she turned down an injunction on Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan said Congress had a strong public interest in obtaining records that could shed light on a violent uprising by the former president’s supporters.

She added that President Joe Biden has authority to waive executive privilege over the documents despite Mr Trump’s other allegations.

Subject to a court order, the National Archives plans to deliver Mr. Trump’s records to the committee by Friday.

However, Mr. Trump’s attorneys quickly promised an appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The case will likely eventually reach the US Supreme Court.

Ms. Chutkan wrote: “Basically, it is a dispute between a former and incumbent president.

“And the Supreme Court has already made it clear that in such circumstances the incumbent’s view will be given greater weight.”

Mr. Trump “does not recognize the deference” to Mr. Biden’s judgment as current president, Ms. Chutkan said.

She cited examples of past presidents refusing to invoke executive privileges and dismissed Mr Trump’s claim that executive privilege “exists forever”.

“Presidents are not kings and the plaintiff is not a president,” she said.

According to an earlier court file from the archives, the records include call logs, draft remarks and speeches, and handwritten notes from Mr. Trump’s then Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

There are also copies of talking points from then press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and “a draft executive order on electoral integrity,” the National Archives said.

Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House committee, told CNN Tuesday that Ms. Chutkan’s verdict was “a big deal” and said Mr. Trump should stop acting like a “spoiled brat.”

“I look forward to receiving this information,” said Mr. Thompson.

The House of Representatives’ nine-member committee is not only investigating Mr Trump’s behavior on the 6th of a peaceful transfer of power.

Trump’s spokesman Taylor Budowich tweeted late Tuesday that the case “should be ruled by the appellate courts.”

He added that “Trump remains committed to the defense of the Constitution and the office of the presidency and will see this through.”

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