WASHINGTON – A federal judge refused Wednesday to block a House committee’s access to Donald Trump’s presidential records while he appeals a previous decision by the judge on those same documents.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan rejected the emergency request to keep the documents confidential while the case is argued. She had ruled late Tuesday against an injunction after finding President Joe Biden’s decision to allow access to the documents outweighed the former president’s interest in keeping them confidential.

““Were the court to grant Plaintiff’s motion, the effect would be ‘to give [Plaintiff] the fruits of victory whether or not the appeal has merit,’” Chutkan wrote in her ruling. “Plaintiff is not entitled to injunctive relief simply because the procedural posture of this case has shifted.”

Trump appealed to the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals. However, without at most a temporary order, National Archives and Records Administration plans to release the records Friday for the congressional committee that is investigating Jan. 6’s insurrection at Capitol.

Trump’s lawyer, Jesse Binnall, argued that the former president would suffer irreparable harm if the documents are released and that novel questions are at stake in the case.

“Such a result would not only injure President Trump, but also future presidents by chilling advice given by presidential aides,” Binnall said in his legal filing.

But Trump wasn’t entitled to the “exceptional remedy” of an injunction because the House committee “urgently needs access to the documents” to “investigate an unprecedented attack on Congress itself,” according to Douglas Letter, the House counsel.

David Ferriero’s archivist lawyers at the Justice Department argued that Trump does not have any personal interest and that Biden determined that there is no harm to the records.

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The House committee is investigating what led to the deadly insurrection and what happened on Jan. 6, with a goal of preventing another attack. After a mob attacked the Capitol, more than 600 individuals were charged with criminal offenses. The attack temporarily halted counting the Electoral College votes which confirmed Biden’s victory in 2020. A total of 140 police officers sustained injuries in the attack. One woman was also shot to death by police outside the House chamber.

Source: USAToday.com


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