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Judges grill Trump lawyers over privilege claims


A group of supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gathered at the Capitol’s West Entrance during the Stop the Steal protest. It took place outside the Capitol in Washington D.C., January 6th 2021.

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Federal judges were skeptical about the former president’s lawyers. Donald TrumpOn Tuesday, he spoke out about his attempt to stop the release of communications from the White House and other records for lawmakers who are investigating the Capitol Invasion.

Trump filed the suit against the House Select Committee that sought those documents in its investigation of the Riot. Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed Capitol, temporarily stopping Congress from confirm President Trump. Joe BidenThe victory of’s in 2020 elections.

Lawyers for Trump argue some of those records should be protected by executive privilege, the doctrine that allows some executive branch communications to be kept confidential. Trump’s claim of privilege must be more important than Biden’s waiver of privilege.

Lawyers have asked the appeals court to reverseThe opinion of a federal judgeThe judge ruled that National Archives can hand over the records in dispute to the selected committee.

During oral arguments before the U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Judge Ketanji Johnson stated that “This all comes down to who decides.” What decides whether it’s best for the United States to reveal presidential records?” It is the White House’s current or former occupant?

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Three judges from the D.C. circuit heard arguments that were ongoing for nearly two hours Tuesday morning. Trump was not happy with this draw. Robert Wilkins (ex-President Barack Obama) and Patricia Millett (ex-President Joe Biden) were the two judges. Jackson was the third.

Trump tried to hide the documents as the Jan.6 select committee increased pressure on former President Trump’s close associates to join its investigation into the Capitol riot. House contemptuously held Steve Bannon (ex-White House advisor) as a Trump ally. indicted on charges stemming from his refusal to complyWith the subpoena issued by the committee to him for his testimony. He has not pleaded guilty.

This panel making similar moves against former Department of Justice official Jeffrey ClarkMembers of the committee will vote Wednesday night to recommend that Clark be held in contempt. The members of the committee threatened to do the same for Trump’s White House chief of staff Mark Meadows.

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