Former President Donald Trump has asked the Supreme Court to block the release of records kept from the January 6th congressional hearing.
Trump cites that the incident creates a unique conflict between a former and current president. His request had previously been denied by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. According to the Washington Post, Trump insists the higher court should look at the case to determine whether the ruling was correct.
Trump lawyer Jesse R. Binnal wrote in a statement, “the disagreement between an incumbent president and his predecessor from a rival political party is both novel and highlights the importance of executive privilege and the ability of presidents and their advisers to reliably make and receive full and frank advice, without concern that communications will be publicly released to meet a political objective.”
Representative Bennie G. Thompson (D-Miss.) chair of the House January 6th committee, has asked the court to fast track its ruling. “The Select committee is investigating a deadly assault on the United States Capitol, the Speaker of the House, the Vice President, nd both Chambers of Congress, and a dangerous interruption of Congress’s constitutional duty and the peaceful transfer of power,” she wrote.
After the House committee requested Trump’s official details of all communications and activities leading up to the attack on the Capitol in August, Trump sued, demanding all official documents be kept a secret, citing executive privilege.
The case demonstrates new constitutional questions about the rights of former presidents. Many former presidents have waived executive privilege when the matter at hand is of national importance.