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Former President Trump filed a lawsuit Monday seeking to block the National Archives from releasing White House records to the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection, citing executive privilege.

Why it matters: It's the latest escalation in Trump's campaign to disrupt the committee's sweeping probe into the circumstances surrounding Jan. 6, including his actions and communications leading up to the Capitol attack.

The big picture: Trump has already attempted to assert executive privilege to block former aides from testifying, despite subpoenas issued by the committee.

  • The committee will vote Tuesday evening on a criminal referral for former Trump aide Steve Bannon over his refusal to comply with a subpoena.
  • President Biden has waived executive privilege on an initial set of White House documents produced in response to the committee's requests for information — a move that Trump's lawsuit attacked as "a political ploy to accommodate his partisan allies."

Details: "The Committee's request amounts to nothing less than a vexatious, illegal fishing expedition openly endorsed by Biden and designed to unconstitutionally investigate President Trump and his administration," the lawsuit claims.

  • "The Committee’s requests are unprecedented in their breadth and scope and are untethered from any legitimate legislative purpose."
  • The lawsuit seeks to invalidate the committee's request and block the National Archives from turning the records over, at least until Trump can conduct "a full privilege review of all of the requested materials."

What they're saying: Reps. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the Jan. 6 select committee's chair and vice chair, respectively, alleged in a joint statement that Trump's "clear objective is to stop" the panel from getting to the facts about the Capitol riot.

  • They described the lawsuit as "an attempt to delay and obstruct our probe."
  • "It's hard to imagine a more compelling public interest than trying to get answers about an attack on our democracy and an attempt to overturn the results of an election," the lawmakers added.

Read the lawsuit.

Editor's note: This article has been updated with comment from Thompson and Cheney.

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Driving the news: The Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority are looking into the trading of Digital World's shares, while the SEC is investigating communications and documents between Digital World and Trump Media Technology Group.

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Former President Trump on Monday endorsed former Sen. David Perdue (R-Ga.) in his campaign for governor of Georgia.

Why it matters: Trump turned on Republican Gov. Brian Kemp after Kemp doubled down on the state's electoral integrity last year.

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Conservatives are aggressively building their own apps, phones, cryptocurrencies and publishing houses in an attempt to circumvent what they see as an increasingly liberal internet and media ecosystem.

Why it matters: Many of these efforts couldn't exist without the backing of major corporate figures and billionaires who are eager to push back against things like "censorship" and "cancel culture."