Donald Trump has been trying to keep documentation regarding his actions on January 6th and in the weeks leading up to the attack out of the hands of Congress. However, in this case, the court system was not on Trump’s side — and it probably didn’t help that he was making demands and giving ultimatums to the judge in the case.
As reported yesterday, Trump filed an emergency request asking Judge Tanya Chutkan to rule quickly on the case, saying that if she didn’t respond by Wednesday, he’d go over her head to an appeals court.
He wanted the court to rule that the National Archives could not hand over the documents to Congress, and in advance of ruling, he wanted an emergency injunction to prevent them from providing the documents while the court considered his plea. The judge denied that second request in a midnight response.
Now, she’s returned an answer on the rest of the case, and it’s a resounding NO.
According to Reuters, Judge Chutkan agreed that the request from Congress was broad — asking the National Archives to turn over phone records and White House visitor logs, among other documents — but affirmed that these were well within the legal scope of Congress’ powers to access.
Trump has already stated his intent to file an appeal. However, his window to do so is brief — the documents are supposed to be in the hands of the House Committee by Friday.
Trump has made his displeasure with the work of the committee clear, issuing a statement in which he calls it “the unselect committee” and reiterating his claim that the election was the ‘real insurrection’ and January 6th was a ‘protest’ about it:
…the Committee is studying the PROTEST when it should be studying the Fraudulent Election that led to the protest. As the LameStream Media knows, the facts are there for all to see!
The committee has issued rounds of subpoenas, with the latest few rounds calling in Trump’s press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, his advisor Stephen Miller, and Michael Flynn, to whom Trump issued a pardon after Flynn’s conviction for lying to Congress on Trump’s behalf.
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