A federal judge this week denied a request from former President Donald Trump to prevent the National Archives from releasing records sought by the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot.
U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan rejected Trump’s arguments for executive privilege over records that the Democratic-led panel is trying to obtain as part of its probe.
“Trump requests a ruling”
Of course, the decision is only one piece of an ongoing legal battle playing out between Democrats and Trump’s legal team.
The former president’s attorneys addressed the issue in a court filing on Monday.
“Absent a court order instructing him not to, the Archivist of the United States intends to comply with the congressional request and release the disputed documents this Friday, November 12, 2021,” the legal team wrote. “Because of these considerations and because Thursday, November 11, 2021, is Veterans Day, President Trump requests a ruling from this Court on his Motion for a Preliminary Injunction and, if applicable, this motion no later than Wednesday, November 10, 2021.”
Trump’s legal team appears to be playing hardball with Chutkan in an effort to advance the case to a higher court.
“Should no order be issued by that time, the Plaintiff will interpret the Court’s silence as a refusal and take his appeal to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit,” attorneys wrote in their Monday filing.
Democrats keep heat on Trump
Pundits believe that the higher up in the court system the case goes, the friendlier the judges will become toward Trump.
As for the former president, he seems determined to keep his records out of the hands of Democratic lawmakers who are hoping to stir up more controversy involving his administration.
Following two impeachment attempts, Democrats formed the Jan. 6 committee in what critics say is a last-ditch effort to drum up allegations of wrongdoing about Trump and his inner circle.
Trump’s many leftist adversaries appear intent on keeping as much attention as possible on the former president even as President Joe Biden’s approval rating continues to hit new lows.
This week’s court ruling confirms that the fight over Trump’s records will be a continuing story that is sure to keep evolving.