U.S. House Jan. 6 Committee Urges Supreme Court to Deny Trump’s Request to Shield Records

The United States House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot asked the Supreme Court on Dec. 30 to reject former President Donald Trump’s request to shield his White House records from investigators.

In a 44-page court filing, the Committee rejected Trump’s claim of executive privilege over a trove of documents related to the events of Jan. 6 that congressional investigators say are necessary for the probe.

The Committee also said that its investigation was “indispensable… to propose remedial measures to ensure the peaceful transfer of power and prevent future attacks on our democratic institutions.”

“Although the facts are unprecedented, this case is not a difficult one. [Trump] attempts to overturn the current President’s reasonable determination that the Select Committee is entitled to three tranches of Presidential records responsive to its request,” the Committee wrote. 

“To the extent any novel questions linger in the background, this case would be a poor vehicle to address them. This Court’s review is unwarranted, and [Trump’s] petition…should be denied,” the Committee further wrote.

Trump’s legal team asked the Supreme Court to block the National Archives from handing over his White House records to the Committee, accusing them of seeking to uncover evidence that would support a criminal referral against him, after lower federal courts ruled in favor of the Committee.

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