WASHINGTON (AP) – Former US President Donald Trump asked a federal appeals court on Thursday to temporarily block the delivery of documents to a House committee investigating the Jan.6 assault on the Capitol led by his supporters.
Trump’s attorneys asked the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit for a temporary lockdown. Unless the court orders otherwise, the National Archives and Records Administration agency is expected to release Trump’s call logs, draft speeches and other documents related to the insurrection on Friday. Trump’s lawyers asked the court to set a date for the case, which would delay any decision until next week.
Congress seeks to have the records to better understand what happened in the January 6 attack on the Capitol, in which a mob ransacked the building and forced legislators who certified Trump’s electoral defeat to the Democrat into hiding. Joe Biden.
Biden revoked the executive privilege of the documents. Trump then went to court to argue that as a former president he still has the right to exercise that privilege over the records and that releasing them would affect the presidency in the future.
On Tuesday, federal judge Tanya Chutkan rejected such arguments, noting in part that “presidents are not kings, and the plaintiff is not president.” The judge again rejected an emergency motion from Trump on Wednesday.
In their request to the appeals court, Trump’s attorneys wrote that the former president “would suffer irreparable harm through the effective denial of the constitutional and statutory right to be fully heard in a serious disagreement between the former president and the acting president.” .
The White House also notified an attorney for Mark Meadows, Trump’s former chief of staff, on Thursday that Biden would withdraw any executive privilege that prevents Meadows from cooperating with the commission, according to a letter obtained by the AP. The committee has cited Meadows and more than two dozen other people as part of its investigation.
Associated Press reporter Zeke Miller contributed to this report.