Jan.6 committee tells court it urgently needs Trump records

The House Select Committee investigating the Jan.6 attack on Capitol Hill told a federal appeals court on Monday that it urgently needs extensive records of ex President TrumpDonald Trump Two Fox News Contributors Resigned Over Tucker Carlson’s Jan. 6 Documentary Republican Senator: Decisions On Bills That Went Made Based On Whether They Hurt Or Help Trump Or Biden O’Rourke Will Not Say If He Wants Biden campaign for him in the Texas Senate race MOREWhite House, arguing that more time would hamper their investigation.

“The delay in itself would inflict serious constitutional damage on the Select Committee by interfering with its legislative duty. The Select Committee needs the documents now because they will shape the direction of the investigation,” the panel’s attorneys wrote in a presentation to the Court. DC Circuit. of Appeals. “For example, the documents could inform which witnesses to testify and what questions to ask them, as well as whether further subpoenas should be issued to others.”

Trump is appealing the case after a trial judge rejected his lawsuit to prevent the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) from complying with the select committee’s requests for documents. The former president argued that the Biden administration’s compliance with the Congressional investigation violates his own rights to executive privilege.

A three-judge panel from the DC Circuit will hear oral arguments in the case next week. The panel gave Trump a brief reprieve earlier this month by issuing a temporary injunction delaying the release of documents while an expedited appeals process unfolds.

Trump’s lawyers argue that the committee’s request is too broad and lacks a valid legislative purpose. Last week, they urged the DC Circuit to overturn US District Judge Tanya Chutkan’s ruling, saying it would upset the balance of power between the legislative and executive branches.

“The stakes are high in this case,” Trump’s lawyers wrote at the time. “A decision confirming the Committees’ request to NARA would have enormous consequences, forever changing the dynamics between political branches. It is naive to assume that the consequences will be limited to President Trump or the events of January 6, 2021. All congresses They will point out something unprecedented about ‘this president’ to justify a request for his presidential records.

“In these hyperpartisan times, Congress will inevitably increasingly use this new weapon to perpetually harass its political rival.”

On Monday, the select committee argued that internal records, including communications between Trump’s top aides, are crucial in their effort to understand what led to the Capitol riot and to legislate to protest future peaceful transfers of power.

“To do so, the Committee needs to know, if anything, Mr. Trump, his advisers and others close to him knew or publicly communicated in connection with efforts to undermine or nullify the 2020 election results,” he said the committee. read.


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