- A US federal judge ruled against former President Donald Trump in his attempt to block the document related to the attack on the capitol.
- The magistrate concluded that the Congressional commission investigating the assault has the right to receive these documents.
- Trump had invoked an alleged “executive privilege” to keep those documents in his possession.
On Tuesday night a US federal judge ruled against former President Donald Trump in his attempt to block the release of the documents related to the assault on the Capitol on January 6, Agencia Efe reported.
The magistrate, Tanya S. Chutkan, who represents the US district court in the District of Columbia, concluded that the Congressional commission investigating the assault has the right to receive these documents, as the White House also maintains. Trump invoked alleged “executive privilege” to withhold the documents, which basically hold details about what happened in the White House while the assault was taking place, in his legal dispute with the investigative commission.
Why doesn’t Trump want the documents to come out?
Chutkan argued that “(Trump’s) position that he can override the express will of the executive branch appears to be based on the notion that his executive power exists in perpetuity.” “But presidents are not kings, and the plaintiff is not the president,” he added.
A Trump spokesperson, Taylor Budowich, hinted on Twitter that the Trump legal team will appeal Chutkan’s decision to a higher court, so it is likely that it will end up being the Supreme Court who decides on the case.
Trump is not giving up
Trump’s legal team will try to get a judge to temporarily stop delivery of the documents to the commission by the National Archives, which the current president, Joe Biden, has authorized for November 12. The commission was appointed by House Speaker, Nancy Pelosi. The commission is made up of a majority of Democratic congressmen and only two Republicans – Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger – who are at odds with Trump.
In addition to the request for documents, the commission has summoned multiple Trump collaborators to testify, including his former chief of staff Mark Meadows and his former adviser, far-right leader Steve Bannon. This Tuesday, in fact, the commission summoned ten other people to testify, including former Trump immigration adviser Stephen Miller and former White House spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany.
Why was the top immigration advisor subpoenaed?
TheUnited States House of Representatives committee investigating the assault on the Capitol called Stephen Miller to testify on Tuesday. He was the main adviser on immigration policy to former US President Donald Trump (2017-2021). Miller’s is one of ten names of Trump advisers that the committee compiled. The list also includes the last White House spokesperson for the former president’s administration, Kayleigh McEnany.
According to a committee statement, Miller – who played a key role in Trump’s policies to deny asylum to undocumented immigrants – participated last January in the then-president’s efforts to undermine confidence in the outcome of the November elections.
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