Trump Seeks ‘Administrative’ Injunction to Block Records Release to Jan. 6 Panel

Trump Seeks 'Administrative' Injunction to Block Records Release to Jan. 6 Panel donald trump sits at table President Donald Trump listens during a "National Dialogue on Safely Reopening America's Schools," event in the East Room of the White House, on July 7, 2020, in Washington. (Alex Brandon/AP)

By Charlie McCarthy | Thursday, 11 November 2021 12:26 PM

Former President Donald Trump has asked the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia to issue a temporary "administrative" injunction to prevent White House records from being given to the House Jan. 6 select committee.

The latest attempt to stop the National Archives from giving the records to Speaker Nancy Pelosi's partisan committee came a day after U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan declined to put on hold her ruling from Tuesday allowing the committee to obtain records relating to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

"Just in: Trump has now asked the DC Circuit for a temporary 'administrative' injunction to stop the Archives from turning over his White House records to the Jan. 6 committee (set to happen tomorrow) while he pursues a full appeal https://s3.documentcloud.org/documents/21102608/11-11-21-trump-motion-admin-injunction-dc-circuit.pdf," Buzzfeed legal reporter Zoe Tillman tweeted late Thursday morning.

"According to this filing, the Jan. 6 committee and the National Archives aren't taking a position on Trump's request for a temporary administrative injunction. The parties are jointly asking the circuit to set a more expedited briefing schedule on the main appeal," Tillman said in a follow-up tweet.

The National Archives is scheduled to give Congress hundreds of pages of documents on Friday.

Chutkan's decision allowed the House committee investigating the attack to access telephone records, visitor logs, and other White House documents that Trump wants blocked.

The former president had argued that the materials requested by the committee were covered by executive privilege, which protects the confidentiality of some White House communications.

The committee created by Pelosi, D-Calif., is investigating events surrounding the Capitol attack.

Committee Chair Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and committee members — including anti-Trump Republicans Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill. — want the materials to understand whether Trump played a role in inciting protesters aimed at blocking certification of the Electoral College vote that gave President Joe Biden victory against Trump in the 2020 election.

Reuters contributed to this story.

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