U.S. Supreme Court Rejects Trump’s Bid to Block Access to January 6 Records

The United States Supreme Court on Feb. 22 formally rejected Donald Trump’s request to block  the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot from accessing White House records related to the attack.

The Court announced the decision in its latest list of orders, bringing an end to Trump’s legal fight with the Committee and allowing a ruling from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to remain in place.

The federal appeals court ruled that Trump provided “no basis” to override President Joe Biden’s decision not to uphold the former president’s claim of executive privilege over the documents.

The Supreme Court decision was widely expected as the Court previously rejected Trump’s emergency motion to block the release of the documents in January.

The January ruling cleared the way for the Committee to start receiving and combing through reams of documents from Trump’s final weeks in the White House.

According to the National Archives and Records Administration, the records include presidential diaries, visitor logs, a draft executive order on election integrity, handwritten notes from former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, and binders from former White House Press Secretary Kayley McEnany.

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