Supreme Court rejects Trump's appeal in records dispute with House Jan. 6 panel, ending case

The former president was attempting to block the transfer of his White House records to the special committee.

Updated: February 22, 2022 - 4:58pm

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rejected an appeal by attorneys for former President Trump in his effort to protect his White record from the Democrat-controlled House Jan. 6 committee.

The high court's unsigned order arrived after the court denied the former president's emergency request to block the transfer of his White House records from the National Archives to the chamber's select committee.

The order puts an end to Trump's battle to prevent lawmakers from obtaining a number of call logs, emails and other White House documents that the committee had requested and claims could illuminate some elements of what was going on behind the scenes at the White House on the day of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

The decision by the court leaves intact a lower federal appeals court ruling that denied Trump's assertion of executive privilege in the matter.

Trump's legal team had requested that the justices prevent disputed materials from becoming public as they considered the appeal. That court, however, did not abide by that request, and the House committee began receiving records in mid-January.

Tuesday's decision is a formal denial of the appeal.

The House committee, led by Mississippi Democrat Rep. Bennie Thompson, is expected to conclude the investigation by early spring. The committee is also involved in legal proceedings related to its effort to obtain records from former Trump adviser Steve Bannon and former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. 

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