The appeals court agreed with a lower court decision that President Joe Biden could waive executive privilege on the recordings in order to hand them over to a congressional panel probing Trump supporters’ violence.
The appeals court agreed with a lower court decision that President Joe Biden could waive executive privilege on the recordings in order to hand them over to a congressional panel probing Trump supporters’ violence. Trump, who is accused of instigating the attack on the US Congress, attempted to use his executive privilege as a past president to keep the documents and phone records related to the attack hidden. However, the court decided that Biden’s decision was more significant in this case.
In its conclusion, the appeals court stated, “The right of a past president surely enjoys no greater weight than that of the incumbent”. “In this case, President Biden has specifically decided that Congress has proven a compelling need for these very papers and that disclosure is in the best interests of the nation,” the court stated. The records were not released immediately as a result of the ruling. Trump’s lawyers will have two weeks to appeal the case to the Supreme Court, according to the appeals court. Trump’s lawyers are anticipated to ask for a further stay of execution while the top court considers the unique case.
“This issue was always destined for the Supreme Court, regardless of today’s judgment by the appeals court,” Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington said. “President Trump’s obligation to defend the Constitution and the Presidency remains unabated, and he will continue to fight for every American and every future administration.” The appeals court said that the public interest in the materials, which are maintained by the National Archives, outweighed Trump’s.
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