Republicans are quick to attack Joe Biden over global issues like supply chain problems and rising inflation – in truth, Joe Biden doesn’t control the whole world and, unlike Donald Trump, he doesn’t want to – and insist that the GOP would do better. Meanwhile, their last president tried to literally overturn democracy and reinstall himself in office despite the votes of 81,000,000 Americans who clearly chose Biden over Trump.
BREAKING: The appeals court has DENIED Trump’s effort to stop the Jan. 6 committee from getting his White House records. pic.twitter.com/bPtFHVqBc5
— Kyle Cheney (@kyledcheney) December 9, 2021
On Thursday, a federal judge ruled that Trump’s attempts to cover up his involvement in an attack against the Capitol Building and the country’s elected representatives as part of his scheme to force his way back into the White House will not be allowed. Trump has claimed executive privilege over more than 700 documents related to the time of the attack, but a federal court decided that he doesn’t get to make that call anymore.
According to NBC News:
‘A federal appeals court ruled Thursday that former President Donald Trump cannot prevent the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack from getting hundreds of documents created when he was in the White House.
‘Trump’s lawyers will most likely now file an emergency appeal with the Supreme Court in an effort to block the release. They will have 14 days to file the appeal.’
Trump had the option to claim executive privilege throughout his time in office to cover his attempts to extort a foreign country and to obstruct justice in the Mueller investigation as well as his campaign’s involvement with Russia. Now that he’s finally been voted out of office, only the sitting president can make that call, and Trump isn’t a sitting president.
‘After the committee sought Trump administration records from the National Archives, the former president asserted executive privilege over more than 700 pages of documents. But President Joe Biden decided that the material should be released to Congress.’
Trump’s attorneys were not able to legally prove why the documents should be considered covered by executive privilege and why Biden’s decision should be overturned. The judge didn’t mince words in her decision.
Judge Patricia Millett wrote that:
‘Thursday’s ruling cited a 1977 Supreme Court ruling issued in a dispute between former President Richard Nixon and the Archives. While former presidents retain some ability to assert the privilege, the current president is in the best position to evaluate when such claims should be honored. Former President Trump has given this court no legal reason to cast aside President Biden’s assessment.’