The congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol urged a federal appeals court on Monday to swiftly release Trump administration documents to help ensure "democracy is protected." Lawyers for the bipartisan House committee filed a court brief arguing the D.C. Circuit Court should deny former President Donald Trump's request to keep his White House records secret. The appeals court recently granted Trump a short-term victory by temporarily blocking the National Archives from turning over his White House files to the Jan. 6 committee. The House panel on Monday said any further delay could have long-lasting repercussions. “An injunction would cause direct, substantial, and immediate harm to the Select Committee and ongoing legislative activities,” the committee's lawyers wrote in the legal brief. “The Select Committee’s work is of the highest importance and urgency: It is investigating one of the darkest episodes in our Nation’s history, a deadly assault on the United States Capitol, the Vice President, and Congress, and an unprecedented disruption of the peaceful transfer of power.” They added, “The Select Committee’s task to study and suggest legislation to ensure that January 6 is not repeated and that our Nation’s democracy is protected from future attacks, is urgent.” The court is slated to hear arguments in the case on Nov. 30. Trump filed his appeal after Judge Tanya Chutkan ruled that the committee’s pursuit of his records was valid. The fo . . . read the full article here.
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DATE: Jan. 6, Monday, Nov. 30, January 6, recent weeks, an election year, earlier this month