Former U.S. President Donald Trump has taken legal action to prevent his supporters from disclosing White House documents related to the attack on Capitol Hill, according to a court record released Monday.
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The billionaire introduced an executive right to keep certain information secret to prevent former aides from providing evidence to Congress, further intensifying the Republican businessman campaign to deter investigators from watching the deadly 6 attacks. January.
Proceedings brought by Donald Trump are expected to trigger a test of strength in the courts, which could well test the constitutional authority of Congress to review the actions of the executive branch of power.
Thousands of Republican presidential supporters stormed the U.S. House of Representatives on Jan. 6 in an attempt to prevent Democrat Joe Biden from winning the election.
The day before, Donald Trump had addressed the public a few hundred yards away, arguing that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen from him – without qualification.
“The commission’s request is nothing more than a tedious and illegal attempt to fish for information.
Parliamentary investigators are seeking evidence from officials who can discuss what the president knew before the attack and what he did when the event took place.
Since the end of August, the National Archives has sent several official documents requested by investigators to Mr. Trump and President Biden’s teams, giving them 30 days to review.
In its case law, the Supreme Court ruled that presidents have the right to keep certain documents and interviews confidential so that presidents can have more explicit discussions with their advisers.
Donald Trump is far from the first American president to use this power.
However, no court has ruled that the latter applied to former presidents. For now, the current president, Joe Biden, has made the final decision on the matter, and has already stated that he will allow the release of the first batch of documents, dismissing his ancestral objections.
Donald Trump’s complaint asked the federal judge to declare any request from the commission unacceptable and to prevent the National Archives from sending any documents.
The former president has already asked his key aides, from his last chief of staff Mark Meadows to his political strategy adviser Steve Bannon, to ignore the objections to appearing before a parliamentary inquiry commission.