A federal judge has denied former President TrumpDonald Trump Meat industry groups pledge to meet Paris Agreement emissions targets by 2030 Judge dismisses part of DC AG’s lawsuit against Trump’s inaugural committee Representative Gosar publishes anime video showing him hitting Biden, Ocasio-Cortez MOREwhich seeks to prevent the National Archives from turning over documents to the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, prompting the former president to quickly appeal the ruling.
Trump sued the committee last month in an effort to prevent the National Archives from providing the investigative panel with records related to his time in office, including phone records, visitor records and other documents, citing executive privileges.
On Tuesday night, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan rejected that request, claiming that President BidenJoe Biden Nicaragua Ortega Prepares to Win Election Amid International Criticism Representative Gosar Releases Anime Video Showing Him Hitting Biden, Ocasio-Cortez Overnight Energy & Environment – Presented By ExxonMobil – Activists Cry Over COP26 Draft MORE it is “in the best position” to determine whether a past president’s request for executive privilege should be granted.
“The plaintiff does not acknowledge the deference due to the judgment of the incumbent president. His position that he can override the express will of the executive branch appears to be based on the idea that his executive branch ‘exists in perpetuity,'” said Obama-appointed Chutkan. , wrote in a 39 page review. “But presidents are not kings and the plaintiff is not president.”
The Hill has reached out to Trump and the Jan.6 committee for comment.
The National Archives were due to deliver the documents to lawmakers on Friday. Trump’s lawyers had promised in a court filing this week to appeal Wednesday, even if Chutkan had not ruled by then.
The case is unlikely to be resolved by the judge’s decision on Tuesday. With many unresolved legal issues at stake in the case and Trump’s sense of urgency amid the panel’s investigation, he could quickly head to the Supreme Court.
A Trump spokesperson said on Twitter that the former president will fight the decision.
“The battle to defend Executive Privilege for past, present and future presidents, from the beginning, was destined to be decided by the Courts of Appeal,” wrote the spokesman, Taylor Budowich. “President Trump remains committed to upholding the Constitution and the Office of the President, and will be pursuing this process.”
January 6 president of the select committee Bennie thompsonBennie Gordon Thompson Jan. 6 panel issues six new subpoenas for Eastman, Trump’s top advisers Jan 6 panel evaluates contempt charges against former Trump Justice Department official Clark, Jan 6 panel has interviewed more than 150 people so far MORE (D-Miss.) He praised the ruling, calling Trump’s lawsuit “little more than an attempt to delay and obstruct our investigation.”
“The presidential records that we request from the National Archive are essential to understand the terrible events of January 6. Throughout the history of our country, the Executive Branch has provided Congress with testimonies and information when it has been in the public interest. The ruling tonight’s is consistent with that tradition, “Thompson said.
Chutkan had signaled his skepticism about Trump’s lawsuit during a hearing last week, questioning his attorney’s argument that the House lacked a valid legislative purpose behind the document’s request.
The judge said in her decision Tuesday that the lack of a dispute between the White House and the committee was a key factor underlying the decision.
“The legislative and executive branches believe that the balance of actions and the public interest are well served by the Select Committee’s investigation,” he wrote. “The court will not question the two branches of government that have historically negotiated their own solutions to Congressional requests for presidential documents.”
The panel is fighting on multiple fronts to deepen its investigation into what led up to the Jan.6 assault on the Capitol.
The House is awaiting a decision from the Justice Department on whether to charge former White House aide Stephen Bannon with criminal contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena from the committee.
The select committee is also considering another criminal contempt referral for Jeffrey Clark, the former Trump Justice Department official who last week declined to answer questions about Jan.6 in an interview with panel investigators.
Updated: 10:50 pm