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(WASHINGTON) Capitol Hill ATTACK Report: An investigation into January’s deadly attack will be able to access the White House records of former president Donald Trump, a federal judge has ruled #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Nov.11: In a clear win for congressional oversight powers, Judge Tanya Chutkan gave permission to the House of Representatives committee to obtain the potentially sensitive information: She rejected an argument by Mr Trump’s lawyers that telephone records, visitor logs and other White House documents should be hidden from the committee.

#AceDailyNews says according to USA Media Reports: Donald Trump fails in bid to block probe into attack on US Capitol, 10 White House aides subpoenaed earlier on Tuesday, House investigators issued subpoenas to 10 former officials who worked for Mr Trump at the end of his presidency in an effort to find out more about what he was doing and saying before the riot.

US President Donald Trump makes a fist during a rally in Washington
Former president Donald Trump had hoped to prevent the release of the White House records.(Reuters: Jim Bourg)

“While broad, these requests, and each of the other requests made by the Committee, do not exceed the Committee’s legislative powers,” Judge Chutkan said in her decision.

Mr Trump had argued that the materials requested by the House committee were covered by a legal doctrine known as executive privilege that protects the confidentiality of some White House communications.

He requested an injunction blocking the National Archives β€”  the federal agency that holds his White House records β€” from complying with the committee’s requests for hundreds of pages of documents.

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Supporters of Donald Trump storm the US Capitol on January 6.

Mr Trump quickly filed a court notice, indicating he would appeal the decision.

The committee says it needs the requested materials to understand the role Mr Trump may have played in provoking the riot on January 6, which killed five people and saw more than 700 face criminal charges.How US Capitol security failedSeven weeks of investigations and comments are bringing clear points of security failures into focus, including intelligence sharing, confusion over the chain of command and poor leadership.

“That’s a big deal,” US Representative Bennie Thompson, chairman of the House of Representatives select committee, told CNN after Judge Chutkan’s ruling.

“I look forward to getting this information. I look forward to our investigators going through it with a fine-tooth comb to make sure that our government was not weaponised against its citizens.”

Judge Chutkan said Mr Trump had not acknowledged “the deference owed to” President Joe Biden’s determination that the committee could access the materials.

“[Mr Trump’s] position that he may override the express will of the executive branch appears to be premised on the notion that his executive power exists in perpetuity,'” she said.

“But presidents are not kings, and plaintiff is not president.”

White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany speaks during a briefing at the White House in Washington
Kayleigh McEnany was the White House press secretary for the final year of the Trump presidency.(AP: Evan Vucci)

The subpoenas include demands for documents and testimony from ex-senior adviser Stephen Miller and former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

It will bring the House panel closer to Mr Trump’s inner circle.

It comes a day after the committee subpoenaed six other associates of the former president who spread mistruths about widespread fraud in the election and strategised about how to thwart Mr Biden’s legitimate victory.

“The Select Committee wants to learn every detail of what went on in the White House on January 6th and in the days beforehand,” said Mississippi Representative Bennie Thompson, the Democratic chairman of the panel.

Stephen Miller gestures with his hand as he speaks at a White House press conference.
Stephen Miller served as White House senior policy adviser for four years.(Reuters: Jonathan Ernst)

“We need to know precisely what role the former president and his aides played in efforts to stop the counting of the electoral votes and if they were in touch with anyone outside the White House attempting to overturn the outcome of the election.”

Mr Trump gave an incendiary speech before the assault on the Capitol, repeating his false claims that the November 2020 election was stolen through widespread voting fraud.

He urged his supporters to go to the Capitol and “fight like hell” to “stop the steal”.

His supporters stormed the Capitol in a failed bid to prevent Congress from formally certifying Mr Biden’s election victory.

Mr Biden, a Democrat and former vice-president under Barack Obama, took office on January 20.


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