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Earlier this week, the Supreme Court formally rejected former President Donald Trump’s attempt to halt the release of White House materials requested by a Democratic-led congressional panel probing a deadly attack on the Capitol by a mob of his fans last year.
The court’s decision to formally reject Trump’s appeal comes after the court issued an order on Jan. 19 that resulted in the documents being given up to the House of Representatives investigating committee by the federal agency in charge of archiving government and historical data.
President Joe Biden’s decision to allow the data to be handed over to the House of Representatives select committee was affirmed by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on December 9.
Trump has no legal grounds to oppose the decision, according to the opinion. Trump then filed an appeal with the United States Supreme Court.
Trump and his associates are engaged in an ongoing legal struggle with the House Select Committee on Intelligence, in which they are attempting to prevent access to documents and witnesses.
Upper-court judges have rejected Trump’s attempt to rely on a legal principle known as executive privilege, which protects the confidentiality of some internal White House communications, as a basis for his claim.
The House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has stated that it requires the documents in order to assess whatever role Trump may have played in inciting the violence that erupted on January 6, 2021.
His supporters stormed the Capitol in an unsuccessful attempt to prevent Congress from publicly declaring Biden’s presidential election victory against Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
The National Archives was requested to provide visitor logs, phone records, and written correspondence with his aides, which the committee did.
Before taking office two weeks after the incident, Vice President Joe Biden had previously concluded that the records, which belonged to the executive branch, should not be protected by executive privilege.