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The United States Supreme Court paved the way for a review of former President Trump’s records related to last January 6th, 2021 when an attack was launched on the US Capitol. They want it to be released to a congressional committee.
The court’s request to turn over 700 files could help shed light on what happened during the 2020 presidential election certification and how it unfolded when hundreds of rioters closed in on Capitol aiming to break off certification.
Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas was the only one to openly declare his agreement with former President Donald Trump’s demand to hamper document handover from the National Archives. If other judges were in disagreement, they haven’t stepped forward and announced it publicly yet.
The Biden White House agrees to turn over the records after finding out that it is in America’s best interest, and declining would mean a claim of executive privilege.
“The Supreme Court’s action tonight is a victory for the rule of law and American democracy,” Mississippi Democrat and representative Bennie Thompson, and Wyoming Republican Liz Cheney—who are chair and vice-chair of the panel—said Wednesday in a joint statement.
“The Select Committee has already begun to receive records that the former President had hoped to keep hidden and we look forward to additional productions regarding this important information,” the statement added.
The select committee has been seeking over 700 pages of disputed documents from the Trump administration to explore their role during one of this year’s most pivotal moments—when he led followers towards the US Capitol where officials were settled on certifying election results and “fight” for America.
The documents include an activity log, schedules and three pages of handwritten notes from White House Chief Of Staff Mark Meadow’s during this period.
The documents that have been revealed may show what was happening in the West Wing during this period. They also illuminate how many people—Trump’s supporters—came to Washington and then went straight into our Capital, disrupting proceedings for voting certification.