Appeals court slows down Jan 6 committee’s efforts to access Trump White House files – .

Appeals court slows down Jan 6 committee’s efforts to access Trump White House files – .

The first batch of documents due to be released on Friday are relatively small – Trump disputed only 70 pages. But later installments identified by the Archives include hundreds of pages that were due for release on November 26. These will now probably also be delayed. The recordings include call logs, visitor recordings, and documents taken from the files of key Trump aides, such as Chief of Staff Mark Meadows.

The committee has repeatedly stressed the urgency of accessing Trump’s records as it explores the former president’s efforts to overturn the 2020 election results, including the Jan.6 assault on Capitol Hill which disrupted the electoral vote count and scared lawmakers away.

Despite the urgency claims, the House did not oppose Trump’s request for a temporary injunction while the appeals court considers the broader issues. The Ministry of Justice has not taken a position on the temporary stay either.

The composition of the panel of the court of appeal is likely to comfort the investigators of the House. The order issued Thursday says that in addition to Jackson, the panel includes Justices Patricia Millett and Robert Wilkins, who were appointed by former President Barack Obama to the court.

The court order stressed that the decision to freeze the status quo for the time being should not be taken to reflect what the court will ultimately decide on Trump’s attempt to block the disclosure of his former White House files.

“The purpose of this administrative injunction is to protect the jurisdiction of the court to deal with the appellant’s claims for executive privilege and should in no way be construed as a decision on the merits,” said the order.

Despite the slowdown, the case is still advancing at breakneck speed in the generally slow federal courts. Trump filed a lawsuit in mid-October to block the Jan.6 committee’s access to his records. District court judge Tanya Chutkan dismissed Trump’s efforts on Tuesday, dismissing the idea that a former president could override the sitting president on matters of executive privilege.

Trump quickly appealed the decision and asked the appeals court to delay the effect of Chutkan’s decision until fuller arguments can be heard. The appeal court’s decision to set a two-week briefing schedule allows the case to move forward quickly. Trump is due to file his written brief in the case on Tuesday, with a response from the National Archives and the House on November 22. Trump will have a further response on November 26 before oral argument the following week.

If Trump loses in the three-judge panel, he has the option of appealing to the appeals court or the Supreme Court.


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