Supreme Court rejects Trump’s bid to shield records from Jan. 6 committee

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The only member of the high court who signaled he would have granted Trump’s request was Justice Clarence Thomas.

Former President Donald Trump speaks at a rally Jan. 15, 2022, in Florence, Ariz. | Ross D. Franklin

By JOSH GERSTEIN and KYLE CHENEY

01/19/2022 06:27 PM EST

Updated: 01/19/2022 08:44 PM EST

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The Supreme Court has rejected former President Donald Trump’s bid to use executive privilege to block a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection from accessing a trove of records created by Trump’s White House.

The ruling on Wednesday opens up a trove of documents to congressional investigators who have sought them to determine Trump’s actions and mindset in the weeks leading up to the Jan. 6 attack, as well as what he did as his supporters were rioting at the Capitol.

Among the documents sought by the committee are speech drafts, call and visitor logs, handwritten notes and other files previously kept by senior Trump aides like chief of staff Mark Meadows, adviser Stephen Miller, press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and White House associate counsel Patrick Philbin.

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