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The US Supreme Court does not accept Trump’s attempt to hide data from the assault on the Capitol



The Supreme Court of the United States rejected this Wednesday a request by former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) to keep hidden some 700 documents about the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, in which five people died. The decision of the highest court opens the door for the US National Archives, which have custody of these documents, to deliver them to the House of Representatives committee investigating the event. 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 it.

In its four-page ruling, the Supreme Court supports the decisions that had been made by all the lower judicial instances, which rejected the former president’s request. But nevertheless, the judges did not enter to assess whether Trump enjoys recognized special rights 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 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 before the 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.

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The Supreme Court is made up of nine judges, of whom six are considered conservative and three progressive. In addition, Trump named three of the conservatives: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett. All the judges appointed by Trump ruled against him and only the conservative magistrate Clarence Thomas, appointed by Republican George HW Bush (1989-1993), ruled in favor of the former president.

The committee that claims the documents was created by the president 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 and Adam Kinzinger- who are at odds with Trump. Your mission is to investigate why the robbery happened, who was responsible and what can be done to prevent another similar event. 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 contempt. by criminal means.

On January 6 of last year, some 10,000 people – most of them Trump supporters – marched to the Capitol 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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