In the name of “public interest,” a U.S. federal judge on Tuesday gave the green light to send to the Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry documents relating to the January 6 attack on the Capitol by supporters of former President Donald Trump. The millionaire’s lawyers have already expressed interest in appealing the decision.
On Tuesday, April 9, a US court authorized the sending of documents to a parliamentary inquiry Attack on the Capitol January 6 by supporters President Donald Trump Despite the former president trying to keep them secret.
“The court says it is in the public interest to respond favorably to the joint will of the legislative and executive branches to investigate the events leading up to January 6,” Federal Judge Tanya Sutkan wrote in her ruling, which was broadcast by several media outlets.
Donald Trump, in particular, wanted to prevent the spread of hundreds of documents, including lists of people who met or invited him on the day of the attack on Capitol, to the Democratic-controlled House of Commons inquiry.
The 770-page document includes files from his former chief executive Mark Meadows, his former senior adviser Stephen Miller and his former deputy adviser Patrick Bilpin.
Donald Trump believed he could block the publication of the White House daily newspaper – an account of his activities, travels, summaries and phone calls.
Other documents the former president did not want to see in Congress included memos to his former press secretary Kaylee McNani, a handwritten note on the January 6 events and a draft text of his speech at the “Save America” rally. Preceded the attack.
“Presidents are not kings”
The Republican millionaire insisted on the executive’s right to keep certain information confidential.
“Presidents are not kings, plaintiffs are not presidents,” Judge Sutton insisted in a court document.
The Washington Post reports that Donald Trump’s lawyers have already expressed interest in appealing the ruling.
The announcement came as a parliamentary committee investigating the attack on Congress began a new round of sub-bona fides for the former president’s relatives on Tuesday, including his former spokeswoman at the White House, Kaylee McNani.
On January 6, thousands of Republican presidential supporters besieged the U.S. House of Representatives in an attempt to block Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory.
The previous day, Donald Trump had addressed a crowd a few hundred feet away, arguing that the election had been stolen from him – without qualification.
The Parliamentary Commission of Inquiry is seeking evidence from officials who can discuss what the president knew about the attack before it happened and what he did when the incident happened.