Judge Rules Against Trump Obstruction Again Over Jan 6 Commission Inquiry

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“Presidents are not kings, and Plaintiff is not President,” D.C. Judge Tanya Chutkan told Donald Trump’s attorneys, which is a very good thing. Because in his delusional world, he probably believes that he is. After that, his attorneys had to come before her again, and it did not go well.

Just one day after the judge ruled that the ex-president did, indeed, have to turn over his presidential records, he was back in her court. Trump sued to keep those documents out of the hands of the House’s January 6 Select Committee. The Committee has been asking what he had to hide. Delaying has been his trademark ploy, sue then delay, delay, delay, according to The Forbes Magazine.

The House Select Committee wrote about the need for speed, according to CNN:

‘The potential harm to the public is immense: Our democratic institutions and a core feature of our democracy — the peaceful transfer of power — are at stake. Any delay will seriously hinder the Select Committee’s ability to timely complete a comprehensive investigation and recommend effective remedial legislation.’

If the ex could delay enough, the Republicans would have a good chance of stealing the House in the midterm elections next year. Then, the committee would evaporate. That was why it has been and will continue to be so vital for American Democrats to bring their full force out and pound them back into their minority.

The reason Trump’s attorneys were back in Judge Chutkan’s court was that they wanted to stay the National Archive from releasing those many documents covering nearly half of his last year in office. According to the courts, they had to come before the same judge and ask her to do that for them.

The Biden attorneys wrote in another filing that the ex-president “has no personal interest in the records:”

‘The public interest weighs heavily in favor of furthering the Government’s business in a prompt and full investigation of the events of January 6.’

Judge Chutkan told them that Trump will not “do an end-run around” her by appealing. She was well aware of his delay tactics. This judge reflected her respect for the current presidential office holder, President Joe Biden. She wrote:

‘[Nothing] triggers the harm he alleges because the Archivist will not submit the requested records to the Select Committee until November 12, 2021, and Plaintiff can seek appellate relief in the interim. This court will not effectively ignore its own reasoning in denying injunctive relief in the first place to grant injunctive relief now.’

Next, his attorneys will go to a DC Circuit Court of Appeals. There they will ask for emergency assistance to keep his papers in the National Archive during the appeals process. Courts can move quickly, but usually, they run on snail time. Plus, its three-judge panel is chosen at random among the evenly split court. It could go very well for Trump. Or not.

Should Trump’s attorneys fail there, the archive will release his documents on Friday.


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