Appeals court rejects Trump bid to withhold records on Capitol attack

Appeals court rejects Trump bid to withhold records on Capitol attack

A US appeals court has rejected an effort by former president Donald Trump to block a House select committee from getting a tranche of White House records for its probe of the deadly Capitol riot on Jan. 6.

Trump had argued that the records held by the National Archives are protected by executive privilege, the legal doctrine that protects White House documents from being made public.

The select committee objected to Trump’s claims, and President Joe Biden waived privilege over the disputed records.

On Thursday, a three-judge panel of the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit wrote that Biden “and the Legislative Branch have shown a national interest in and pressing need for the prompt disclosure of these documents.”

“Trump has provided no basis for this court to override President Biden’s judgment and the agreement and accommodations worked out between the Political Branches over these documents,”…

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