Feb 22, 2022 - Politics & Policy

Supreme Court ends Trump bid to shield records from Jan. 6 panel

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected former President Trump's latest request to block the National Archives and Record Administration from releasing records to the House Jan. 6 select committee.

The big picture: The court's rejection marks a formal end to Trump's efforts to prevent lawmakers from obtaining records that contained White House visitor logs and other documents that the former president attempted to keep hidden.

  • The National Archives said it released the records to the Jan. 6 committee last month after the Supreme Court rejected a previous bid from Trump seeking to shield the documents.
  • Trump's attorneys had argued that releasing the records would "seriously cripple executive privilege."

State of play: The move came in an unsigned order issued without comment.

  • The order left intact a lower court's decision that said while Trump can invoke executive privilege, the sitting president does not need to honor it.
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