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Supreme Court rules 8-1 to allow January 6 committee access to Trump's White House documents: All three of ex-president's SCOTUS nominees vote against him

Supreme Court rules 8-1 that January 6 committee can get access to Trump's White House

In a rebuff to former President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court is allowing the release of presidential documents sought by the congressional committee investigating the January 6 Capitol attack. 

Shortly after the ruling on Wednesday evening, the January 6 select committee said that they already started to receive records previously 'hidden' from them by Trump.

'The Supreme Court's action tonight is a victory for the rule of law & American democracy,' the committee wrote in a tweet

'The Select Committee has already begun to receive records that the former President had hoped to keep hidden & we look forward to additional productions regarding this important information,' it added.

The Supreme Court justices on Wednesday rejected a bid by Trump to withhold the documents from the congressional panel until the issue is finally resolved by the courts.

Trump's lawyers had hoped to prolong the court fight and keep the documents on hold.

Following the high court's action, there is no legal impediment to turning over the documents, which are held by the National Archives and Records Administration. They include presidential diaries, visitor logs, speech drafts and handwritten notes dealing with Jan. 6 from the files of former chief of staff Mark Meadows.

The House committee agreed to defer its attempt to get some documents, at the request of the Biden White House. The current administration was concerned that releasing all of the Trump administration documents sought by the committee could compromise national security and executive privilege.

Alone among the justices, Clarence Thomas said he would have granted Trump's request to keep the documents on hold.

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued an 8-1 ruling that rebuffs former President Donald Trump by allowing the release of presidential documents sought by the congressional committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot

The Supreme Court on Wednesday issued an 8-1 ruling that rebuffs former President Donald Trump by allowing the release of presidential documents sought by the congressional committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot

The January 6 select committee immediately said Wednesday that it had already started to receive some of the records Trump kept 'hidden' following the ruling

The January 6 select committee immediately said Wednesday that it had already started to receive some of the records Trump kept 'hidden' following the ruling

Trump's lawyers had hoped to prolong the court fight and keep the documents on hold while the courts decide the matter. Here Trump appears at a rally in Perry, Georgia on September 25

Trump's lawyers had hoped to prolong the court fight and keep the documents on hold while the courts decide the matter. Here Trump appears at a rally in Perry, Georgia on September 25

Trump's attorneys had asked the high court to reverse rulings by the federal appeals court in Washington and block the release of the records even after President Joe Biden waived executive privilege over them. 

In an unsigned opinion, the court acknowledged there are 'serious and substantial concerns' over whether a former president can win a court order to prevent disclosure of certain records from his time in office in a situation like this one.

But the court noted that the appeals court determined that Trump's assertion of privilege over the documents would fail under any circumstances, 'even if he were the incumbent.'

It said the issue of a former president's ability to claim executive privilege would have to wait for another day.

The court took issue with the conclusion of the appeals court that downplayed a former president's interests, suggesting that the current president could in essence ignore his predecessor's claims.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who worked in the White House under President George W. Bush, wrote separately to argue that 'a former President must be able to successfully invoke the Presidential communications privilege for communications that occurred during his Presidency, even if the current President does not support the privilege claim.'

But Kavanaugh, a Trump appointee, did not object to the outcome Wednesday.

Before and after the riot, Trump promoted false theories about election fraud and suggested the 'real insurrection' was on Election Day, when he lost to Biden.

Repeating arguments they made before lower courts, Trump's attorneys had urged the justices to step in, arguing that the case concerned all future occupants of the White House. Former presidents had 'a clear right to protect their confidential records from premature dissemination,' Trump's lawyers said.

'Congress cannot engage in meandering fishing expeditions in the hopes of embarrassing President Trump or exposing the President´s and his staff's sensitive and privileged communications `for the sake of exposure,´' they added.

But the House committee responded in its high court brief that although the facts of the case are 'unprecedented,' the decision was 'not a difficult one.'

All three of the Supreme Court justices who Trump appointed voted against Trump's request to hold the documents during the court process. From Top-Bottom: Justice Neil Gorsuch, Justice Amy Coney Barrett, Justice Brett Kavanaugh

Alone among the justices, Clarence Thomas (pictured) was the lone dissenter to say he would have granted Trump's request to keep the documents on hold

Alone among the justices, Clarence Thomas (pictured) was the lone dissenter to say he would have granted Trump's request to keep the documents on hold

There was no explanation for the timing of the court's action. But the National Archives told the appeals court and Trump's lawyers that it would turn over some documents it asserted were not part of the court case on Wednesday absent a new court order.

Also on Wednesday, the House committee investigating the Capitol insurrection issued subpoenas to leaders of an alt-right group who appeared at events promoting baseless claims of voter fraud after the 2020 election.

The committee demanded records and testimony from Nick Fuentes and Patrick Casey - internet personalities who have promoted white supremacist beliefs - regarding what lawmakers say is their promotion of unsupported claims about the election and their presence on Capitol grounds on Jan. 6, 2021.

Since its creation last summer, the committee has interviewed almost 350 people as it seeks to create a comprehensive record of the attack and the events leading up to it.

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Comment by vaughn mitchell on January 20, 2022 at 4:37pm
Only one that wanted to back Trump, is that uncle Tom, negro. Damn, wish he could trade in his race card.

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