Nishka Srinivas Veluvali –
Published On: November 30, 2021 at 22:00 IST
On Tuesday, 30 November 2021, a Lawyer representing former President Donald Trump requested the U.S Appeals Court to keep away the records related to his communications and actions prior to the aggressive January 6 Capitol Riot, from Congressional Investigators.
The US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit has organized a verbal Argument for 9.30am ET after Trump’s Petition on Judge’s decision that states, “All White House records should be released to a congressional committee.”
The House of Representatives who select the Investigating Committee has requested the National Archives to produce all the records that the US agency is housing which includes Trump’s White house records, visitors log, phone records and written communications between his counsellors.
The Panel claimed that these records are necessary to understand Trump’s role in the Capitol Riots.
Shortly after the completion of Trump’s speech post Elections 2020, his supporters stormed into the Capitol to prevent Congress from formally certifying his loss to Democrat Joe Biden.
The former US President even sued the National Archives for releasing his conversational records .
Trump’s lawyer argued that the conversations are protected by an executive privilege, a legal doctrine that allows president to keep all his conversations with his advisors private.
US District Judge Justice Tanya Chutkan rejected the arguments of Trump’s lawyer stating that, “While board, these requests and each if the other requests made by the committee do not exceed the Committee’s Legislative powers. And moreover Presidents are Kings and Plaintiff is not President.”
The DC Circuit withheld the permission granted to the Committee to access the records till it considers the issue.