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Donald Trump asks appeals court to delay release of January 6th files

Former US President Donald Trump has asked the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to delay the release of files and records to a House Committee that are investigating the January 6th Capitol riots.

On Friday, the National Archives is expected to turn over Trump’s call logs, draft speeches and other documents relating to the riots.

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Trump’s lawyers have asked the court to set a schedule for the case that would delay any decision until next week.

The records are being sought to understand the Capitol riots and have previously been unavailable due to Trump’s executive privilege, however, this privilege has been waived by current US President Joe Biden.

However, Trump has argued that he had the right to exert executive privilege as a former president, saying that the release of the documents would damage the future presidency.

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US district court judge Tanya Chutkan rejected the arguments, stating that “presidents are not kings, and plaintiff is not president”.

In their filing to the appeals court, Trump’s lawyers stated that without a stay, he would suffer “irreparable harm through the effective denial of a constitutional and statutory right to be fully heard on a serious disagreement between the former and incumbent president”.

IMAGE -“Donald Trump” by Gage Skidmore is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

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