Trump Seeking ‘Administrative’ Injunction To Prevent Jan. 6 Panel From Obtaining Records
Former President Donald Trump has made a request for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to issue a temporary “administrative” injunction that would stop records from the White House being given to House Jan. 6 select committee investigating the Capitol riot.
This attempt to prevent these records from ending up in the hands of Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her committee comes a day after U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan decided not to put a hold on her previous ruling from Tuesday allowing the committee to obtain records that relate to the riot.
“Just in: Trump has now asked the DC Circuit for a temporary ‘administrative’ injunction to stop the Archives from turning over his White House records to the Jan. 6 committee (set to happen tomorrow) while he pursues a full appeal,” Buzzfeed legal reporter Zoe Tillman posted on Twitter late Thursday morning.
“According to this filing, the Jan. 6 committee and the National Archives aren’t taking a position on Trump’s request for a temporary administrative injunction. The parties are jointly asking the circuit to set a more expedited briefing schedule on the main appeal,” Tillman went on to write in a follow-up tweet.
Currently, the National Archives are scheduled to give Congress hundreds of pages of documents on Friday.
Chutkan’s decision allowed the House committee investigating the attack to access telephone records, visitor logs, and other White House documents that Trump wants blocked.
The former president had argued that the materials requested by the committee were covered by executive privilege, which protects the confidentiality of some White House communications.
The committee created by Pelosi, D-Calif., is investigating events surrounding the Capitol attack.
Committee Chair Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and committee members — including anti-Trump Republicans Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. — want the materials to understand whether Trump played a role in inciting protesters aimed at blocking certification of the Electoral College vote that gave President Joe Biden victory against Trump in the 2020 election.