A federal appeals court temporarily inhabited a committee investigating the Jan 6 riot, from obtaining former US President Donald Trump’s White House records on Thursday.
On Friday, the committee investigating was set to obtain the first batch of National Archives, which they called crucial for their investigation. However, the documents that the former president’s lawyers filed on Thursday requested the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to “maintain the status quo” and currently postpone the turnover since they move forward with an expedited appeal.
Late Thursday, in brief, unsigned court order with apparently no dissents, a panel comprising three judges granted Donald Trump “an administrative injunction” and re-scheduled the arguments for November 30.
The panel comprised three judges, including Robert Wilkins, Ketanji Brown Jackson, and Patricia Millett. All of them were taken on board by Democrats. The former US president Barack Obama appointed Wilkins and Millett while Biden designated Jackson.
The court order was not issued as a result of whether the White House or ex-President has a stronger point of argument. Often times such kinds of court rulings issue to allow more time to investigate the underlying problems.
On Thursday, the judges wrote, “The purpose of this administrative injunction is to protect the court’s jurisdiction to address appellant’s claims of executive privilege and should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits”
Donald Trump, who alleges executive privilege over the White House record, including memos, visits, and conversations, asserts that “the records should be kept secret in perpetuity.”
However, President Joe Biden rejected the decision and said the records should be released.
Dana Remus, the White House counsel said in a letter to National Archives which later NBC obtained, that the riot on January 6 riot was “the most serious attack on the operations of the Federal government since the Civil War” and that Trump’s efforts to keep Congress in the dark about what happened “is not in the best interests of the United States.”
Remus wrote, “Accordingly, President Biden does not uphold the former President’s assertion of privilege.”
The National Archive as well as the committee investigating the Jan 6 case, respecting Trump’s appeal to the federal appeals court.