The Supreme Court of the United States rejected this Wednesday a request by former President Donald Trump (2017-2021) to maintain hidden about 700 documents about the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, in which five people were killed.
The decision of the highest court opens the door for the US National Archives, which have custody of these documents, to deliver them to the House of Representatives committee investigating the event.
The exact content of those documents it is unknown, but these are supposedly emails, speech drafts, and visitor logs that could reveal what exactly happened in the White House during the storming of the Capitol and the days surrounding that event.
In its four-page ruling, the Supreme Court supports the decisions that had been made by all the lower judicial instances, which rejected the former president’s request.
However, the judges did not assess whether Trump enjoys special rights recognized in the “executive privilege” doctrine, which means that certain information cannot be disclosed without his permission.
Trump had claimed that “executive privilege” to prevent documents from coming to light; but all the judges who considered his case concluded that he did not enjoy that right because he is no longer in the White House.
The case dates back to early October, when the US president, Joe Biden, authorized the National Archives to deliver the documents to the committee investigating the assault.
A few days later, on October 18, Trump filed a lawsuit before the federal court in Washington DC, but in November a judge of that instance ruled against him.
Trump’s lawyers appealed that ruling and went to the District of Columbia appeals court, which also dismissed the recall, making the Supreme Court their last option.
The Supreme Court is made up of nine judges, of whom six are considered conservative and three progressive. In addition, Trump named three of the conservatives: Neil Gorsuch, Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett.
All the judges appointed by Trump ruled against him and only conservative Justice Clarence Thomas, appointed by Republican George HW Bush (1989-1993), ruled in favor of the former president.
The committee that claims the documents was created by the president of the House of Representatives, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, and is made up of a majority of Democratic congressmen, although there are two Republican members -Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger- who are at odds with Trump.
Your mission is to investigate why the assault happened, who was responsible and what can be done to avoid another similar event.
For this purpose, he has requested access to hitherto secret documents, such as those of Trump, and has summoned former members of his government to testify, including the controversial ideologue and his former adviser Steve Bannon, who refused to testify and has been charged with contempt. by criminal means.
On January 6 of last year, some 10,000 people – most of them Trump supporters – marched to the Capitol and some 800 stormed inside the building to prevent Biden’s victory over Trump from being ratified in the November 2020 elections.
Five people died and about 140 agents were attacked.