The exact content of those documents is unknown, but they are allegedly emails, speech drafts and visitation logs that could reveal exactly what happened in the White House during the Capitol storming and the days surrounding that event.
- USA The committee investigating the assault on the Capitol cites Rudy Giuliani
- USA A US court authorizes the delivery to Congress of Trump documents on the assault on Capitol Hill
The Supreme Court of the United States rejected this Wednesday a request by former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) to keep about 700 documents about the assault on the Capitol hidden on January 6, 2021, in which five people died.
The decision of the highest court opens the door for the US National Archives, which has custody of these documents, to deliver them to the House of Representatives committee investigating the event.
The exact content of these documents is unknown, but they are allegedly emails, speech drafts, and visitation logs that could reveal what exactly happened in the white house during the assault on the Capitol and the days surrounding that event.
In its four-page ruling, the Supreme Court supports the decisions that had been made by all the lower judicial instances, which They rejected the request of the former president.
However, the judges did not assess whether Trump enjoys special rights recognized in the doctrine of “executive privilege”, which means that certain information cannot be disclosed without your permission.
Trump had claimed that “executive privilege” to prevent the documents from coming to light; but all the judges who considered his case concluded that he did not enjoy that right because he is no longer in the White House.
The case dates back to early October, when the US president, Joe Biden, authorized the National Archives to release the documents to the committee investigating the assault.
A few days later, on October 18, Trump filed a lawsuit in federal court in Washington DC, but in November a judge of that instance ruled against him.
Trump’s lawyers appealed that ruling and went before the District of Columbia appeals court, which also dismissed the recall, making the Supreme Court their last option.
The Supreme Court is made up of nine judges, six of whom are considered conservative and three progressive. In addition, Trump named three of the conservatives: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh y Amy Coney Barrett.
All judges appointed by Trump they ruled against him and only the conservative magistrate Clarence Thomas, appointed by the republican George H.W.Bush (1989-1993), ruled in favor of the former president.
The committee claiming the documents was created by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, and is made up of a majority of Democratic congressmen, although there are two Republican members –Liz Cheney y Adam Kinzinger- who are at odds with Trump.
Your mission is to investigate why the robbery occurred, who was responsible, and what can be done to prevent another similar occurrence.
For this purpose, he has requested access to hitherto secret documents, such as those of Trump, and has summoned former members of his government to testify, including the controversial ideologue and his former adviser Steve Bannon, who refused to testify and has been charged with criminal contempt.
On January 6 of last year, some 10,000 people – most of them Trump supporters – marched on Capitol Hill and some 800 stormed inside the building to prevent Biden’s victory over Trump from being ratified in the November 2020 elections. Five people died and about 140 agents were attacked.
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