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Jan 6 committee could get some Trump White House documents as soon as Wednesday

In this Jan. 6, 2021, photo, President Donald Trump speaks during a rally protesting the electoral college certification of Joe Biden as president in Washington. The former president canceled a news conference he had planned to hold in Florida on the anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Trump said in a statement on Jan. 4, 2022, that he would instead be discussing his grievances at a rally he has planned in Arizona later this month.

A special House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack could get access to a small portion of Trump White House documents as soon as Wednesday evening, according to a court filing late Tuesday, even as the former president continues a high-stakes bid to block such a release.

The National Archives, the repository for White House files, was scheduled to release about a half-dozen pages of records that, unlike other tranches of documents, had not been blocked from release as Trump pursues a Supreme Court challenge to the House committee’s demand for a swath of his White House records, officials said.

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“Absent an intervening court order, the Archivist intends to release records from the fourth tranche to the Committee at 6:00 pm tomorrow,” acting Assistant Attorney General Brian Boynton wrote in a letter to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals.

According to the Justice filing, Trump attorneys had “not raised any arguments about those six pages in this appeal.”

The filing comes on same days as the committee escalated its inquiry, issuing subpoenas for key members of Trump’s legal team, including personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, who lawmakers asserted had advanced baseless arguments of election fraud in a failed campaign to reverse the outcome of the 2020 election.

Last month, Trump asked the Supreme Court to block the transfer of documents to the House committee.

Trump’s lawyers argued that confidential deliberations are fundamental to the operation of government, asserting that the panel’s action was sweeping in its request for documents.

“The Constitution, this Court’s precedent, and federal statutes invalidate the expansive request at issue here,” the lawyers wrote in their 195-page submission to the nation’s highest court. “Moreover, a former President has the right to assert executive privilege, even after his term of office.”

The lawyers also asked the court to continue blocking the release of documents while the case is pending before the high court.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Capitol riot: Jan 6 panel could get some Trump WH documents Wednesday


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