On Wednesday, the United States Supreme Court rejected a request from Donald Trump, the former American President, to shield the release of Trump’s White House archives to the U.S. House of Representatives Committee inquiring about the 6th JAN Capitol insurrection.
The Supreme Court’s action smooths the way for the U.S. National Archives to provide the material over now, while the SC meanwhile decides whether to hear ex-US President’s broader appeal of lower court rulings that stated he couldn’t prevent the material from being produced by proclaiming executive-privilege. Only Justice Clarence Thomas, associate justice of the U.S. SC, said the court should have granted the Donald Trump request to block the National Archives from handing the documents over while the case is under review.
In December, Donald Trump asked the high court to block the transfer of records to the Jan. 6 panel after a ‘District of Columbia Court of Appeals’ rejected his attempts to shield the documents from legislators.
Among the responsive documents sought by the House Select Panel are calls and visitors logs, speech drafts, handwritten notes, and several other documents earlier kept by senior Trump advisors like Stephen Miller, ex-White House Chief of Staff Mr. Mark Meadows, White House associate counsel Patrick Philbin, and Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany.
What is included in Trump’s records?
The ex-American leader had sought to shield “over 750 pages of records” that the National Archives, which house Trump’s records, determined were relevant to the investigation of the Jan. 6 panel.
And the records include ‘draft text of a presidential address for the 6th January last year; a hand-written list of scheduled briefings and telephonic calls regarding voting issues; Save America March and a draft Executive Order regarding electoral integrity – a draft assertion honoring deceased Capitol Law Enforcement Officers Howard Liebengood and Brian Sicknick, Moreover, records include associated e-mails from the Executive Clerk Office, which relate to the Select Panel’s interest in the White House’s response to the deadly Capitol riot.
The ruling on Wednesday might be the most significant moment yet for the House Select Panel inquiring about the U.S. Capitol assault. It will help the committee find the big picture between Trump’s attempts to fuel falsehoods about the Presidential election outcomes and his mindfulness of the threat of ferocity. They’d also disclose details about what activities he performed as the crowd of his followers surrounded and attacked Capitol Hill, escaping the Security and sending the U.S. Congress fleeing for safety.
Our work goes forward to uncover all the facts about the violence of January 6th and its causes. We will not be deterred in our effort to get answers, make legislative recommendations to strengthen our democracy, and help ensure nothing like that day ever happens again.
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) January 20, 2022
Committee’s Chairman Bennie Thompson and Vice-Chair Liz Cheney said late Wednesday that Trump’s White House Archives had already started arriving. They said that the SC’s action is a ‘success for the rule of law and U.S. democracy.’ The panel has started to receive documents that the then-President had anticipated to keep secret, and they look forward to more productions regarding this critical information.