The House Select Committee on the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection is likely to get a trove of important documents after two federal judges issue rulings on the matter today in court, according to Politico:
Most Americans haven’t heard of Beryl Howell and Tanya Chutkan. Yet these two federal judges are poised to help deliver troves of hidden information to congressional investigators over the next few weeks that could dramatically reshape the public’s understanding of the Jan. 6 insurrection.
On Thursday, Chutkan, a 2014 appointee of President Barack Obama, will weigh former President Donald Trump’s effort to shield his White House records from the Jan. 6 select committee. Her ruling there could help lawmakers obtain call records, visitor logs and highly sensitive files from Trump’s senior aides.
One of the most important decisions Howell will make is whether or not Trump will be allowed to keep records from the House committee under a claim of executive privilege.
At issue is whether or not executive privilege extends to a president after he leaves office. The Biden administration has already said it will gladly provide any and all information to the committee once an affirmative ruling is handed down from the courts, and that could prove especially troublesome for the ex-president, who is believed to have helped coordinate the Jan. 6 attack that left five people, including a police officer, dead.
They include call and visitor logs, speech drafts and memos that the Archives said were directly relevant to House investigators. Archivist David Ferriero plans to ship a first batch to lawmakers on Nov. 12 unless a court intervenes. Chutkan hasn’t indicated where she’ll land on Trump’s effort, but legal experts say they’re confident she’ll see no merit in Trump’s unprecedented and expansive view of executive privilege for a former president.
That paper trail could wind up being what helps the American people better understand exactly what took place on Jan. 6 and also pave the way for criminal charges against former Trump aides, members of Congress, and the ex- president himself.
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