“Here, the House of Representatives is investigating the single most deadly attack on the Capitol by domestic forces in the history of the United States. Lives were lost; blood was shed; portions of the Capitol building were badly damaged; and the lives of members of the House and Senate, as well as aides, staffers, and others who were working in the building, were endangered. They were forced to flee, preventing the legislators from completing their constitutional duties until the next day. “
The case turned on how courts should handle situations where a former president is seeking to overrule the decision by an incumbent president not to assert executive privilege.
“What Mr. Trump seeks is to have an Article III court intervene and nullify those judgments of the President and Congress, delay the Committee’s work, and derail the negotiations and accommodations that the Political Branches have made,” the appeals court said. “But essential to the rule of law is the principle that a former President must meet the same legal standards for obtaining preliminary injunctive relief as everyone else. And former President Trump has failed that task.”
The National Archives was originally set to begin turning over records last month to Congress, but Trump’s lawsuit had put that on hold, potentially slowing parts of the House committee’s investigation.
The House said it needs the more than 700 pages of disputed Trump White House records — including records from close advisers such as then-chief of staff Mark Meadows
and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany — so it can learn more about Trump’s efforts in order for Congress to make laws that could protect future elections.
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