“The committee’s limited interest in obtaining the requested records immediately is dim compared to President Trump’s interest in defending the judicial review before facing irreparable damage,” Trump’s lawyers wrote in court.
As Trump supporters gather in Washington, hundreds of documents revealing events within the West Wing – including functional recordings, tables, speeches and three-page handwritten notes of then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows – are in trouble. 2020 Breaks the voting certificate and seizes US Capitol. These recordings may respond to some of the most closely guarded facts about what happened between Trump and other top officials, including those who besieged Capitol Hill on January 6th.
The National Archives says court documents are seeking to keep secret a draft declaration honoring the two police officers who died in the siege, as well as notes and other documents about election fraud and attempts to thwart Trump’s loss of the presidency.
The fight over the documents led to a lawsuit filed by Trump against the House Committee on Documents and demanded that the release of the records be stopped. So far, Trump has argued that those documents should be kept secret under the former president’s executive prerogative, despite lower courts rejecting his arguments.
Thursday’s filing in the Supreme Court indicates the seriousness of the controversy, with President Joe Biden ruling that it is not in the United States’s to withhold documents on the basis of executive power. In a letter to the National Archives in October, White House adviser Dana A. Remus said, “The president has refused to guarantee privilege because Congress has a compelling need for its legislative functions to understand the circumstances that led to these horrific events.”
In a lawsuit filed in the Supreme Court on Thursday, the former president’s attorneys said Trump’s request for White House documents was “not attached to any valid legislative purpose and violates congressional authority under the Constitution and Presidential Records Act.”
Trump told the Supreme Court that the case raised “innovative and important legal questions for the court to resolve.”
“While the security of the executive privilege and the restrictions on access to presidential records are worthwhile, it is important for future presidents and their advisers to understand the terms of that privilege and its exceptions after the end of the presidency,” Trump said. He has demanded that the case be taken to court.
Arguments rejected by lower courts
Earlier, both a district court judge and the DC US Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Trump’s arguments, which broadly support the legitimacy of the documentary claims and the trial.
The DC Circuit stated in its opinion that “former President Trump did not give this court any legitimate reason to set aside President Biden’s assessment of the interests of the executive branch or to create a separatist conflict that would exclude political branches.” Month. In a December 9 ruling against Trump, the Court of Appeals gave him 14 days to seek Supreme Court intervention.
In his application to Chief Justice John Roberts, who oversees emergency matters arising from the DC circuit, Trump said it would be “harmful” to allow the Supreme Court to release documents before the case is considered, in order to stay the appellate court’s decision. Impact of Presidential Decision on All Future Presidents. “
“There will not be another presidential change in more than three years; it is time for Congress to allow this court to consider this speedy appeal,” Trump filed.
Republicans are expected to take control of the House in next year’s election, and they have not said whether they will end the House Select Committee’s investigation.
This story has been updated with additional information.