(Trends Wide) — Former President Donald Trump asked a federal appeals court to briefly halt the release of key White House records from his presidency to the Jan.6 House committee as he appealed a lower court’s decision not to. you can claim executive privilege to keep them secret.
The petition is a last-ditch effort before the Friday, November 12, 6 p.m. deadline for the House committee investigating the attack on Capitol Hill to receive 46 records, including White House call records, visitor records, draft speeches and three handwritten memos from then-Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows.
In all, the National Archives is expected to deliver more than 700 documents from the Trump presidency to the commission in the coming weeks.
Judge Tanya Chutkan twice rejected Trump’s request for a preliminary injunction to prevent the National Archives from complying with the release of documents, noting in a ruling late Wednesday that Trump’s attorneys did not present new legal arguments or new facts to alter your previous ruling that upheld executive privilege belongs to the office, not the individual.
“In this appeal, the Court will consider novel and important first impression constitutional issues related to the separation of powers, presidential records and executive privilege,” Trump’s attorneys wrote Thursday.