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Trump loses appeal to block Jan 6 investigation from obtaining White House files

Tear gas is released into a crowd of protesters, one of whom holds up a Confederate battle flag that reads “Come and take it”, during clashes with Capitol Hill police at a rally to protest the certification of the results of the 2020 U.S. Presidential Election by the U.S. Congress, at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. on January 6, 2021.

Shannon Stapleton | Reuters

A federal appeals court on Thursday rejected President Donald Trump’s efforts to prevent a House select committee from obtaining White House records related to the Capitol invasion.

The move comes a day after Trump’s former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows sued in federal court in Washington, seeking to quash two subpoenas relating to him that were issued by the committee in the as part of its investigation into the January 6 riot.

The problem in both cases is Trump’s claim that many of the documents sought by the select committee – including a slice of White House files and testimony from its former employees – are covered by executive privilege, the legal doctrine that protects White House communications from being made. Public. The Jan.6 committee opposed Trump’s claims and President Joe Biden waived privilege over the disputed files.

In a 68-page opinion, a three-judge panel of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals in Washington said Trump “has provided no basis for this court to overturn President Biden’s judgment and the agreement and the accommodations concluded between the political authorities. Branches on these documents. “

Trump is almost certain to ask the Supreme Court to overturn the ruling.

A lawyer for Trump did not immediately respond to CNBC’s request for comment on the decision. A Trump spokeswoman did not immediately comment.

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