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A Court in US rejects Donald Trump’s bid to keep Jan 6 Capitol riot documents secret

US Capitol Riots(AP Photo/John Minchillo)

On Thursday, a US federal court rejected the efforts of the former US President Donald Trump to prevent the White House records of the January 6 attack from getting out.

The appeals court in the United States agreed with a lower court ruling that Joe Biden could waive executive privilege on the records so that those records could be communicated to a panel that is investigating the violence by alleged Trump supporters on Capitol Hills. Former United States President Donald Trump has been accused of formulating the attack on US Congress and he has sought to use his powers as a former president to keep the documents and telephonic records private. 

Rejecting Trump’s bid, the court in a 68-page ruling ruled that in this case, Biden’s judgment carried more weight than Trump’s. The appeals court in its ruling said that ‘The right of a former president certainly does not have more weightage than that of the incumbent.” The court also further added that “In this particular case, President Biden, being the head of the executive branch has particularly found that Congress has demonstrated a need for these records and documents in the best  interests of the country.”

The court also noted that the records placed before them by Donald Trump have no substance and have provided no basis for this court to overrule President Biden’s judgment. The court said that the public interest is greater than that of Trump in regards to the records which are held by the National Archives. 

The appeals court in the US also stated that Trump and his lawyers have a time span of two weeks to appeal before the Supreme Court. Trump’s lawyers are expected to request a freeze on the release of the documents and reports while the high court reviews the unprecedented case.

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By TIS Staffer
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