Being updatedOn Wednesday, the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol claimed that it immediately needed former US President Donald Trump’s White House records to preserve democracy, complete its probe, and recommend “remedial” legislation. The docs requested include visitor logs, speech drafts, and White House call logs.The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia has issued an administrative injunction that will temporarily block the House Select Committee from obtaining Trump’s White House records from the National Archives.Additionally, the court announced that oral arguments on the release of said documents will occur on November 30. The three-judge panel includes Judges Patricia Millett, Robert Wilkins, and Ketanji Brown Jackson. It is worth noting that Millet and Wilkins were appointed by former US President Barack Obama, and Jackson was appointed by US President Joe Biden.
Trump’s legal team has argued that executive privilege should be applicable, as 45 was in office at the time of the incident.
"In this appeal, the Court will consider novel and important constitutional issues of first impression concerning separation of powers, presidential records, and executive privilege," Trump's attorneys wrote in their Thursday filing.
However, this argument has failed in lower courts.
US District Judge Tanya Chutkan has ruled twice against Trump’s request for a preliminary injunction on the matter. Earlier this week, Chutkan emphasized that “Presidents are not kings, and Plaintiff is not President.” “He retains the right to assert that his records are privileged, but the incumbent President ‘is not constitutionally obliged to honor’ that assertion,” wrote the District Judge.