It’s a whole entire group made out of executive branch lawyers! They urged the Supreme Court of the USA on Wednesday to defy President Trump’s efforts and reject the request for the House committee investigation into the Capitol riots from the deadly January 6.
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“The group of legal heavyweights, comprising a half dozen former White House and top Justice Department lawyers who served under Republican presidents, argued in an amicus brief that Trump’s assertion of executive privilege over his administration’s records is outweighed by congressional investigators’ pursuit of the facts surrounding the Trump-inspired insurrection,” The Hill reported.
“Congress is now investigating those events and determining how to prevent unsuccessful candidates from attempting to undermine our democracy in the future,” they wrote. “Amici believe that the documents at issue should be turned over given, among other things, the importance of the House investigation into the January 6th attack and the current president’s reasonable determination that executive privilege should not be asserted in this case.”
The former government attorneys also pushed back against Trump’s claim that congressional investigators lack a legitimate legislative purpose for requesting his administration’s records.
“It is difficult to imagine a more compelling interest than the House’s interest in determining what legislation might be necessary to respond to the most significant attack on the Capitol in 200 years and the effort to undermine our basic form of government that that attack represented,” they wrote.
“The Jan. 6 attack resulted in the death of four pro-Trump rioters, including a woman shot by Capitol police. A Capitol Police officer suffered a fatal stroke a day after sustaining injuries in the melee, and four other members of law enforcement who responded that day have since died by suicide. More than 700 rioters face charges.”
The House later formed a bipartisan select committee to investigate the attack and consider legislative measures to further secure the Capitol and make U.S. democracy less vulnerable.
Trump and many close political allies have resisted the panel’s requests for information.