Jan. 6 committee asks Supreme Court to deny Trump's bid to shield records
Why it matters: The House panel's request comes after the former president asked the Supreme Court to block the committee's effort to obtain White House records related to the deadly Capitol riot.
- Trump's legal team in a filing Wednesday accused the select committee of seeking to uncover evidence that would support a criminal referral against him, adding that such action is “outside of any of Congress’s legislative powers.”
What they're saying: "Although the facts are unprecedented, this case is not a difficult one," the House committee said in the court filing.
- Trump "attempts to overturn the current President’s reasonable determination that the Select Committee is entitled to three tranches of Presidential records responsive to its request," it continued.
- "To the extent any novel questions linger in the background, this case would be a poor vehicle to address them. This Court’s review is unwarranted, and [Trump's] petition ... should be denied."
Worth noting: Earlier this week, the committee deferred requests for some of the Trump administration's records at the request of the White House.