A United States appeals court on Thursday rejected former President Donald Trump’s efforts to prevent the delivery of documents from his administration to Congress to the House committee investigating the assault on the Capitol.
A three-judge panel of the Court of Appeals in Washington has unanimously determined that Trump has provided “no basis” to overturn US President Joe Biden’s decision to waive executive privilege – which grants the ability to conceal information – sued by the former president.
Thus, they have defended the decision of Biden and the House of Representatives that access to documents, including records of communications from the Trump administration is “necessary to address a matter of great constitutional importance”, such as the investigation from the assault on the Capitol on January 6.
In addition, the three judges have indicated that the former president “did not even claim, much less demonstrate, any particular harm that could arise from the disclosure” of the documents, that if they have a “vital interest” to study the assault.
“The events of January 6 exposed the fragility of those democratic institutions and traditions that perhaps we had come to take for granted,” The panel has asserted, however, that it has given Trump 14 days to ask the Supreme Court to review the decision before the National Archives begin releasing the records to Congress.
Trump’s spokeswoman, Liz Harrington, has advanced that the president will take the case to the Supreme Court. “Regardless of today’s appeal court decision, this case was always destined for the Supreme Court. The duty of President Trump to defend the Constitution and the Office of the Presidency continues, and he will continue to fight for all Americans and all future administrations ”, Harrington has announced, reports the American media ‘The Hill ‘.
For her part, the president of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, has celebrated that the courts have rejected “once again” the “campaign of the former president to obstruct the investigation of the Congress on the insurrection of January 6”.
“No one can be allowed to stand in the way of the truth, least of all the previous president, who incited the insurrection”, has defended.
Thus, the ruling of the Court of Appeals in Washington confirms the decision of a lower court that denied Trump’s motion for an injunction against the commission investigating the attack.
The documents in question represent 700 pages of records, including calls from the White House in the Trump Administration, videos and schedules of schedules related to the day of the attack on the Capitol or pages of manuscripts of the then secretary general.
(With information from Europa Press)
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