A federal appeals court denied former President Donald Trump’s latest attempt to stop the release of a trove of documents related to his involvement in the Jan. 6 Capitol attack.
Many hundreds of White House internal documents related to planning and responding to the Capitol Riot were due to be made available to an House select committee in November. Trump filed an appeal to block the recordsPut a halt to the release.
Trump was previously cited executive privilegeHe used the document as his base for blocking them, even though he’s no longer president. President Joe BidenMeanwhile, declined to assert his own executive privilege on most of Trump’s record.
On Thursday ruling rejecting Trump’s latest appealThree judges from the U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington D.C. Circuit said Trump “provided no basis for this court to override President Biden’s judgment and the agreement and accommodations worked out between the Political Branches over these documents.”
“Both Branches agree that there is a unique legislative need for these documents and that they are directly relevant to the Committee’s inquiry into an attack on the Legislative Branch and its constitutional role in the peaceful transfer of power,” the court added.
Trump’s latest appeal was unlikely to succeed among the judges, who questioned Trump’s lawyers during oral arguments last month, Politico reported.
“We have one president at a time under our Constitution,” said Patricia Millett, one of the three judges on the D.C. The arguments were heard by the Circuit panel. “That incumbent president … has made the judgment and is best positioned, as the Supreme Court has told us, to make that call as to the interests of the executive branch.”
Trump has now been granted two weeks in which to appeal the decision to the Supreme Court.