Donald Trump has lost another motion in court after he made the mistake of issuing an ultimatum to the judge. The former president has been making desperate efforts to keep documents regarding January 6th out of the hands of the congressional committee that’s investigating his connections to the attack. However, excessive forcefulness backfired in this case, leading a judge to issue a midnight denial.
According to Alternet the National Archives has documentation of Trump’s actions on January 6th and in the time leading up to the attack. Congress has requested these documents, which could show whether Trump was in contact with lawmakers and activists who are thought to have been involved in the planning of the attack.
Trump has filed a lawsuit to prevent the documents from being viewed, but the deadline is looming near: on Friday, November 12, unless the court has ruled in Trump’s favor, the National Archives are due to hand the information over to Congress. Making the situation even more desperate for the former president, Veteran’s Day falls on Thursday, the day before that dealing, making it unlikely a court would grant a reprieve in the last hours, so he made a demand.
Trump filed an emergency request Monday evening, telling Judge Tanya Chutkan that if she didn’t rule by Wednesday, he’d take the case straight to an appeals court. Just after midnight, she responded, refusing to issue an emergency injunction.
What’s Trump trying to hide?
According to Politico, one defendant accused in the attack on the Capitol has already shared information with Congress regarding contacts between GOP officials and Trump allies in the days leading up to the rally and riot. Documents in the National Archives could possibly confirm these allegations, and provide information on Trump’s alleged involvement in the attack.
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