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US Capitol riot: Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in January.

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Donald Trump is suing to block the release of White House records relating to the January 6 uprising that he was impeached for incitement, according to court documents released Monday.

The former president is claiming “executive privilege” to stop former aides from giving evidence to Congress, stepping up his efforts to stone investigators probing the deadly Capitol attack.

The challenge would potentially touch on an extended high-stakes showdown in the courts that would test Congress’ constitutional authority to investigate the executive branch.

Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol nine months ago in an attempt to reverse the election victory of President Joe Biden.

He was provoked by Trump, whose fiery speech earlier that day of falsely claiming election fraud was the culmination of months of unsubstantiated claims about a contest he lost to Biden.

The suit, filed in the Washington District Court, states, “The committee’s request is nothing short of a tortuous, illegal fishing campaign, openly endorsed by Biden and designed to investigate President Trump and his administration’s unconstitutional.” to be done.”

Congressional investigators are seeking testimony from officials who could speak to Trump, who is considering running for a second term in 2024, knew about the attack, and what he did while it was underway.

Since late August, the National Archives has been sending voluntary records to Biden and Trump requested by investigators, giving them 30 days to review the material.

The Supreme Court has ruled that the president can keep certain documents and discussions confidential in order to promote more frank discourse with allies, and Trump is far from the first to take advantage of this carving.

However, no court has ruled on whether this privilege is available to former presidents. For now, Biden has the final say, and has already given Trump’s objections permission to release the first batch of documents.

The lawsuit asks a federal judge to declare any request to the committee invalid and to restrain the National Archives from turning over any of the material.

Although defeat appears likely, the lawsuit could delay the release for months or years, threatening to push back a report on the attack closer to the 2022 midterm elections – inviting accusations of bias from Trumpworld.

The former president has already demanded that top aides – from his last chief of staff Mark Meadows to political strategist Steve Bannon – defy the summons to appear before the selection committee.

“We will fight the summons on executive privilege and other grounds for the good of our country,” Trump said after the selection committee announced the summons.

A comfortable majority of 57 senators—including seven from their own party—voted to convict Trump after he was impeached by the House for inciting the January 6 riots, though it was a two-month rule required under Senate rules. fell short of a third majority. a president.

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