Supreme Court denies Trump bid to stop records release to Jan. 6 panel

Supreme Court denies Trump bid to stop records release to Jan. 6 panel
Trump by [Portrait of President-elect Donald Trump]. Digital photograph, 2016. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division. https://www.loc.gov/item/2017645723/ is licensed under https://unsplash.com/license
The Supreme Court on Tuesday ended former President Donald Trump's pursuit to block the release of White House records sought by the Jan. 6 committee investigating the riot at the Capitol last year.

The high court's decision on Tuesday follows its rejection of the former president's claims last month when Trump was prevented from using executive privilege to block the Democratic-led investigation from accessing a trove of records from the previous administration.

Trump's legal team has sought to thwart the House select committee's access to presidential records pertaining to its inquiry into the riot. On Dec. 9, the former president was issued a major setback when a federal appeals court ruled Trump had no basis to challenge President Joe Biden's decision to allow the records to be handed over to the committee, prompting his appeal to the highest court.

The former president argued he had the authority to invoke executive privilege over records related to some internal White House communications. However, lower courts argued Biden's authority outweighed Trump's ability to shield such documents.
Trump by [Portrait of President-elect Donald Trump]. Digital photograph, 2016. Library of Congress Prints & Photographs Division. https://www.loc.gov/item/2017645723/ is licensed under https://unsplash.com/license