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Former President Donald Trump suffered a devastating defeat Wednesday as the Supreme Court voted overwhelmingly to not block the Jan. 6th committee from obtaining 700 pages of Trump era White House documents.
The Jan. 6th committee, which is comprised primarily of Democrats, has sought to obtain documents that might shed more light on the behind-the-scenes activities that occurred at the White House before and during the Jan. 6th riot at the U.S. Capitol.
The former president has in turn tried citing executive privilege to block the National Archives from releasing the documents to the committee.
Trump’s efforts have proved to be mostly unsuccessful, with the latest ruling prior to the Supreme Court’s intervention this week having been issued last month when a three-judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against him.
— Caitlin Dickson (@CEDickson) December 9, 2021
The appeals court argued that Trump had provided no justification for why a decision eked out between members of Congress and current President Joe Biden, who’s granted his approval vis-a-vis the document release, should be discounted.
“On the record before us, former President 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,” the court ruled.
“Both Branches agree that there is a unique legislative need for these documents and that they are directly relevant to the Committee’s inquiry into an attack on the Legislative Branch and its constitutional role in the peaceful transfer of power.”
In Wednesday’s ruling, an 8-1 majority of the high court chose to essentially stamp their approval on this lower court ruling, meaning the battle is officially over and there is no other legal recourse for the Trump team.
In fact, as of late Wednesday, the Jan. 6th committee had already begun to receive Trump era White House documents from the National Archives.
The Supreme Court’s action tonight is a victory for the rule of law & American democracy.
The Select Committee has already begun to receive records that the former President had hoped to keep hidden & we look forward to additional productions regarding this important information
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) January 20, 2022
Our work goes forward to uncover all the facts about the violence of January 6th and its causes. We will not be deterred in our effort to get answers, make legislative recommendations to strengthen our democracy, and help ensure nothing like that day ever happens again.
— January 6th Committee (@January6thCmte) January 20, 2022
The statement seen above was reportedly written by committee chair Bennie Thompson, a Democrat, and committee vice chair Liz Cheney, a supposed Republican.
The documents they have begun to receive include “presidential diaries, schedules, call logs, handwritten notes, drafts of speeches and correspondence, proposed talking points, ‘a draft Executive Order on the topic of election integrity,’ a memo about potential legal action the federal government could take to challenge President Joe Biden’s wins in key states (the Justice Department filed no such case), and an email chain that involved a state official ‘regarding election-related issues,'” according to BuzzFeed News.
Only Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas opposed the high court’s ruling Wednesday, though he offered no reason as to why.
His mere opposition triggered a whirlwind of left-wing fury on Twitter, with anti-Trump zealots smearing him and his wife, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, and demanding that he retire or be forcefully booted off the court for dissenting.
Look (*Language warning):
— Nathan Schneider (@SchneiderLD35) January 20, 2022
Of course, #CLARENCETHOMAS , a proven liar and perjurer, would be the only dissent. When the Gates of Hell open up to swallow him, nothing he has done will leave a trace of higher calling or meaning. He’s just a piece of trash.https://t.co/5FPqmzuan1
— Jonathan Tasini (Substack Working Life Newsletter) (@jonathantasini) January 20, 2022
— Maysoon (@maysoonzayid) January 20, 2022
Good Morning to everyone accept #CLARENCETHOMAS whom voted to hear TFFG request to NOT turn over documents related to 1/6/2021! He is a perfect example of cognitive dissonance! The poster child.. 🙄😩
— ResistTheFascist (@ResistPersist4) January 20, 2022
— Milford Swift (@MilfordSwift) January 20, 2022
— Susan Ortiz (@sustainablesuzy) January 20, 2022
Justice Brett Kavanaugh, who was appointed to his post by Trump, meanwhile agreed with the majority opinion but included a note pushing back on the lower appeals court’s suggestion that Trump’s status as a former president was relevant to the case.
“The Court of Appeals suggested that a former President may not successfully invoke the Presidential communications privilege for communications that occurred during his Presidency, at least if the current President does not support the privilege claim. As this Court’s order today makes clear, those portions of the Court of Appeals’ opinion were dicta and should not be considered binding precedent going forward,” he wrote.
He basically made the case that the final ruling would have been the same even if Trump were president right now. Though to be fair, if Trump were president right now, the Jan. 6th riot would have never occurred, no?
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