Trump: Letting Congress investigate Jan. 6 violates the sanctity of the office I run daily for four years

Some of the saddest thing about Donald Trumps continued attempts to block Congress from obtaining records specifying what he did before, during and after the January 6 Capitol attack, his continued insistence that he be able to exercise “executive privilege” over the information, given that he is much no longer the CEO of the United States, a fact that various officials have tried to get through his extremely thick head without success. One of the funniest? That he claims his struggle to prevent the release of the records is completely altruistic, and that he is not leading it for himself, but to protect future presidents.

In court on Tuesday, the ex-president’s lawyers argued that allowing the House’s select committee investigating the uprising to find out exactly what Trump did and who he spoke to while the Capitol was fired would result in Congress going after presidents. from here. “In these hyperpartial times, Congress will increasingly and inevitably use this new weapon to forever harass its political rival,” Trump’s lawyers say. Jesse Binnall and Justin Clark wrote in a card filed with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. Lawyers went on to argue that Congress would in future find excuses, such as the January attack on democracy, to pry into White House documents. “Any Congress will point to some unprecedented things about ‘this president’ to justify a request for his presidential posts,” they wrote.

This, of course, is a funny attitude to take for a couple of reasons, one of which is that Trump has never acted entirely out of self-interest in his 75 years on Earth, and probably will not start now. Another is the notion that Congress is simply acting on party-political motives here, rather than trying to investigate one of the worst events in American history. And then there’s the idea that Trump just cares so deeply about the sanctity of the presidency. Yes, Trump, the man who shot for the presidency on a daily basis from 2017 to 2021 – that guy looks to future officials and desperately wants to make sure no one gets any ideas about abusing their power. It’s a really credible argument that does not fly in the face of literally everything we know about him.

Unfortunately for Mother Teresa:

Biden has repeatedly sided with Parliament [and against Trump] on all except a small number of the requested items, which are reviewed in batches. Earlier this month, the U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan rejected Trump’s request for a ban, saying he was unlikely to succeed in the case. Chutkan said Biden’s decision not to support Trump’s claim to executive privilege seriously undermined it. “Presidents are not kings, and plaintiff is not president,” Chutkan wrote in his ruling.

Trump’s lawyers did not address that aspect of Chutkan’s decision. Instead, Trump is asking the Court of Appeals to consider the political motives of lawmakers and the White House – and to assume that rival political parties are likely to seek to punish political opponents over other potential rights.

Chutkan’s decision “would give Congress, the most political branch, unhindered access to the president’s records when the same party has control of the executive and legislative chambers,” the lawyers argued. “This would undoubtedly ruin the executive privilege.”

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