September 30, 2022

Trump requests Supreme Court to block release of Jan. 6 records

Lawyers for former President Donald Trump have asked the Supreme Court to stop the release of certain information to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-CA) Jan. 6 House select committee.

“The congressional request is untethered from any valid legislative purpose and exceeds the authority of Congress under the Constitution and the Presidential Records Act.,” Trump’s attorneys wrote.

The court has now requested the committee to provide a written brief due by Jan. 24, 2022. Trump’s lawyers would then respond, with the court when deciding whether to hear oral arguments in the case.

A federal court has already denied Trump’s request. A federal judge also ruled against the former president in November following his legal team’s request.

The committee’s goal appears to be to drag out the battle against Trump long enough to make it an issue for the 2022 midterms.

In addition, the committee could press for charges that would make Trump ineligible to run for president in 2024, a fear among many Democrats as a potential rematch could take place with President Joe Biden.

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