A federal judge refused to block the release of documents former President Donald Trump sought to keep hidden that were requested in the House of Representatives probe into the Jan. 6 siege on the US Capitol.
Former President Donald Trump’s lawyers sought a preliminary injunction but District Judge Tanya Chutkan on Tuesday called the issue a “dispute between a former and incumbent president” after President Joe Biden waived executive privilege on White House records.
“And the Supreme Court has already made clear that in such circumstances, the incumbent’s view is accorded greater weight,” Chutkan said in a written decision likely to be appealed by Trump.
The House committee is after a slew of documents, including call logs, talking points of Trump press secretary Kayleigh McEnanny and handwritten notes from Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, according to the Associated Press, citing a National Archives court filing.
The House select committee was formed to investigate the deadly Capitol riot, where a pro-Trump crowd stormed the building as Congress was certifying Biden’s election in the 2020 presidential race.
Trump has slammed the work of the committee and sued to block access to his administration’s records on the grounds of executive privilege but the judge disagreed that exists “in perpetuity.”
Chutkan said that “the public interest lies in permitting — not enjoining — the combined will of the legislative and executive branches to study the events that led to and occurred on January 6, and to consider legislation to prevent such events from ever occurring again.”
With Post wires