Trump Asks SCOTUS To Block Jan. 6 Documents From Congress

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Former President Donald Trump came to the Supreme Court on Thursday, asking the justices to block the release of White House records to the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

The committee is seeking documents that would show Trump’s communications and activities in the lead-up to the riot.

Trump argues that as a former president he has the power to keep the documents secret, but two lower courts have rejected that argument. Trump now hopes to find a more receptive audience at the Supreme Court, where on Thursday he urged the justices to intervene. Trump argued that the stakes are high, and that his case will determine whether presidents can “rely upon executive privilege, separation of powers, and the Presidential Records Act to protect confidential Presidential records of deliberations from premature production to political rivals.”

The legal dispute now before the court began in August, when the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the Capitol asked the National Archives to turn over White House documents relating to activities on Jan. 6 such as the rally on the Ellipse, as well as documents regarding Trump’s schedule, phone records, and the efforts to contest the results of the 2020 election. Read more.

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