The court is temporarily delaying the release of Trump’s Jan. 6 records

FILE – Violent rebels loyal to President Donald Trump stand outside the US Capitol in Washington on January 6, 2021. A federal judge questions Donald Trump’s efforts to withhold congressional documents related to the attack on the Capitol on the 6th. January. Judge Tanya Chutkan on Thursday, November 4, was skeptical of the former president’s lawyers, who asked her to block the handing over of documents to a house committee. (AP Photo / Jose Luis Magana, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) – A federal appeals court on Thursday temporarily blocked the release of records that a U.S. House committee is investigating the January 6 uprising as the court hears an emergency request from former President Donald Trump.

The U.S. District Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit on Thursday granted an administrative stay requested by Trump. The stay aims to give the court time to consider Trump’s arguments against releasing the documents, which were otherwise scheduled for Friday without a court order.

The order is in effect delaying until the end of this month the release of plates to be handed over on Friday. The Court of Appeal put arguments in the case for November 30th.

The House is looking for Trump’s call logs, draft speeches and other documents related to Jan. 6. Congress has searched the records to better understand the January 6 attack at the Capitol, where rioters searched the building and forced lawmakers into hiding, confirming Trump’s election loss to President Joe Biden.

Biden waived executive privilege on the documents. Trump then went to court, claiming that as former president he still had the right to exercise privilege over the records, and to release them would harm the presidency in the future.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan on Tuesday rejected these arguments, and in part remarked: “Presidents are not kings, and plaintiff is not president.” She again rejected an urgent proposal from Trump on Wednesday.

In their submission to the Court of Appeal, Trump’s attorneys wrote that without delay, the former president would “suffer irreparable harm through the effective denial of a constitutional and statutory right to be fully heard about a serious disagreement between the former and incumbent presidents.”

The arguments on November 30 will take place before three judges nominated by Democratic presidents: Patricia Millett and Robert Wilkins, nominated by former President Barack Obama, and Ketanji Brown Jackson, a nominee by Biden.

The White House on Thursday also notified a lawyer for Mark Meadows, Trump’s former chief of staff, that Biden would relinquish any executive privilege that would prevent Meadows from cooperating with the committee, according to a letter obtained by the Associated Press. The committee has sued Meadows and more than two dozen other people as part of its investigation.

His lawyer, George Terwilliger, issued a statement in response, saying Meadows “remain under instructions from former President Trump to respect long-standing principles of executive privilege.”

“It now appears that the courts will have to resolve this conflict,” Terwilliger said.

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