Former President Donald Trump petitioned the Supreme Court on Thursday to keep White House records concealed from House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s Select Committee on Jan. 6.
For months, Pelosi’s partisan probe has sought about 700 pages of documents housed by the National Archives to investigate the administration and connect the Trump White House with the riot at the Capitol in January. President Joe Biden has repeatedly denied Trump’s request to keep White House records private from House investigators while lower courts have rejected the former president’s claims of executive privilege.
“The limited interest the Committee may have in immediately obtaining the requested records pales in comparison to President Trump’s interest in securing judicial review before he suffers irreparable harm,” wrote Trump’s legal team, adding a request that the Supreme Court put a hold on lower rulings, which would otherwise compel their release. “The records sought are in the custody and control of the [National Archives and Records Administration] and therefore are being preserved as a matter of law. The Committee has identified no reasonable justification for requiring the documents immediately.” (Read more from “Trump Asks Supreme Court to Keep White House Records Shielded From Jan. 6 Committee” HERE)
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