Trump Launches Eleventh Hour Effort to Block Release of Capitol Riot Records

Trump Launches Eleventh Hour Effort to Block Release of Capitol Riot Records

isn’t giving up.

One day after a federal judge rejected the former president’s requests to stop the House ’s request for records leading up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol, Trump is back—asking an appeals court to prevent the documents from going to Congress.

The emergency appeal comes little more than one day before the records are set to be released from the National Archives.

CNBC reports:

The request for a “brief” administrative injunction marks the latest step in Trump’s efforts to stop the National Archives from handing reams of documents over to the House select committee probing the Jan. 6 attack.

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Trump, who never conceded the 2020 election to President Joe Biden and is hinting he will run for president again in 2024, was impeached in the House for inciting an insurrection and acquitted in the Senate. The invasion of the Capitol by a mob of hundreds of Trump’s supporters forced members of Congress to flee their chambers during a joint session, temporarily derailing efforts to confirm Biden’s Electoral College victory.

U.S. Archivist David Ferriero is scheduled to start producing the disputed documents by Friday at 6 p.m. ET, Trump’s lawyer told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The lawyer, Jesse Binnall, is asking the D.C. Circuit to block the records from being released while the court considers another injunction on a fast-track basis.

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The appeal comes after U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan rejected the arguments put forth by Binnall.

The judge in a 39-page opinion wrote that Trump’s view “appears to be premised on the notion that his executive power ‘exists in perpetuity’ … But president are not kings, and Plaintiff is not President.”

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