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Supreme Court Denies Trump Plea to Block Jan. 6 Records Request

Sally Kent

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January 20, 2022

The Supreme Court has officially rejected former President Trump’s request to block records from being handed over to the House Select Committee investigating Jan. 6. Justice Clarence Thomas was the lone dissenter but offered no opinion in the unsigned ruling.

The move clears the way for the House committee to obtain Trump-era schedules, call logs, emails, and other requested documents they say are needed in their investigation.

The Hill reports:


The committee said it had begun receiving records Wednesday night just hours after a ruling that chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Vice Chair Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) hailed as “a victory for the rule of law and American democracy.”

“Our work goes forward to uncover all the facts about the violence of January 6th and its causes,” they said in a joint statement, emphasizing that their effort aims “to ensure nothing like that day ever happens again.”

The justices wrote that although the unprecedented dispute between a former president and lawmakers raised “serious and substantial concerns,” the Washington, D.C.,-based federal appeals court had suitably analyzed the issues at hand.

“Because the Court of Appeals concluded that President Trump’s claims would have failed even if he were the incumbent, his status as a former President necessarily made no difference to the court’s decision,” the court wrote.

Justice Brett Kavanaugh wrote separately to note his disagreement with part of the lower appeals court’s reasoning.