Former President Donald Trump has appealed to the Supreme Court to block documents pertaining to January 6th from being turned over to Congress. Now the House Select Committee requesting the documents has modified their request, agreeing that hundreds of pages of documents that would have been caught up in the request aren’t pertinent to the investigation and could compromise national security.
This time it’s not Donald Trump who’s asking the committee to shield some documents. Instead, President Joe Biden and his Administration have expressed concerns, according to PBS, saying that the broad request would also reveal documents related to National Security Council preparations and other highly classified information.
It’s not clear whether this will affect the movement of Trump’s case through the Supreme Court, but in the meantime, the January 6th Commitee is still requesting the documents that are deemed relevant to the attack on Congress, even as it excludes many extraneous documents from the ask.
According to The Hill, White House deputy counsel Jonathan Su explained, “The documents for which the Select Committee has agreed to withdraw or defer its request do not appear to bear on the White House’s preparations for or response to the events of January 6, or on efforts to overturn the election or otherwise obstruct the peaceful transfer of power.”
The Supreme Court has not yet said whether Justices will even hear Trump’s arguments to shield himself from investigation, but according to CNN, the House Committee is pleading with the nation’s highest court to make the decision soon, with an answer by mid-January on whether the court will hear the case.
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