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Appeals Court Temporarily Blocks Jan 6th Committee From Obtaining Trump’s WH Documents

Appeals Court Temporarily Blocks Jan 6th Committee From Obtaining Trump’s WH Documents

In what the right will call a major victory–but is really just a brief roadblock–a federal appeals court has granted a request from Donald Trump to temporarily block the National Archives from turning over his White House records to the House committee investigating the January 6th riot at the Capitol.

Late Thursday, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia granted Trump “an administrative injunction” in a brief unsigned order with no noted dissents. The court has set arguments for the case on November 30th.

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The House Select Committee had been set to receive the first batch of documents, which lawmakers say is key to their investigation, on Friday. In papers filed with the appeals court Thursday morning, lawyers for Trump asked the court to temporarily delay the turnover and “maintain the status quo” while they push ahead with an expedited appeal.

Courts often issue these types of injunctions to allow more time to consider the underlying issues. The order, which was not a ruling on whether Trump or the House committee has a stronger legal argument, was issued by Judges Patricia Millett, Robert Wilkins, and Ketanji Brown Jackson, all appointed by Democratic presidents. Millett and Wilkins were appointed by former President Barack Obama. President Joe Biden appointed Jackson.

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Trump has tried to claim executive privilege over the scores of memos, e-mails, and records of White House conversations and visits, and contends the records should be kept secret “in perpetuity.”

[This is a developing and continuing story, please check back for details]

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