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Former US President Donald Trump (2017-2021) presented this Thursday an appeal to the US Supreme Court to keep hidden documents about the assault on the Capitol on January 6, in which five people died.
Trump wants to prevent the U.S. National Archives, which has custody of those documents, from turning them over to the House committee investigating the event.
The exact content of those documents is unknown.But these are supposedly emails, speech drafts and visitation logs that could reveal exactly what happened at the White House during the assault on Capitol Hill and the days surrounding that event.
In your resource, Trump’s lawyers defend that he “is not just any citizen” and that, as former president, he enjoys special rights recognized in the doctrine of “executive privilege”, which means that certain information cannot be disclosed without his permission.
Trump, however, is no longer president, so so far all the judges who have considered the case have determined that he no longer enjoys that “executive privilege.”
“If there is no judicial intervention, former President Trump will suffer irreparable damage“, Alleges his legal team in the appeal.
The case dates back to early October, when US President Joe Biden authorized the National Archives to hand over the documents to the committee investigating the assault.
A few days later, on October 18, Trump filed a lawsuit in the federal court in Washington DC, but in November a judge of that instance ruled against him.
Trump’s attorneys appealed that ruling and went to the District of Columbia appeals court, which also dismissed the recall, making the Supreme Court their last option.
The Supreme Court is composed of nine judges, of which six are considered conservative and three progressive. Additionally, Trump named three of the conservatives: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh, and Amy Coney Barrett.
The committee that claims the documents was created by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, and is made up of a majority of Democratic congressmen, although there are two Republican members – Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger – who are at odds with Trump.
Your mission is to investigate why the assault occurred, who was responsible, and what can be done to prevent another similar event.
For that purpose, You have requested access to hitherto secret documents, like those of Trump, and has summoned former members of his government to testify, including the controversial ideologist and his former adviser Steve Bannon, who refused to testify and has been charged with criminal contempt.
On January 6, some 10,000 people – most of them Trump supporters – marched to the Capitol and about 800 broke into the building to prevent Biden’s victory over Trump from being ratified in the November 2020 elections.
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– Trump loses in court his attempt to hide documents from the White House on the invasion of the Capitol
– Capitol Assault Committee Charges Former Trump Adviser Mark Meadows of Contempt