House Select Committee demands SCOTUS act immediately to dismiss Trump appeals

The hyper-partisan House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot issued subpoenas demanding hundreds of documents from former President Donald Trump’s White House that are currently held by the National Archives — subpoenas that Trump has, thus far, fought unsuccessfully to block in federal courts.

Trump has now filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court, but on the very same day that petition was filed, the House committee filed its own motion demanding the high court immediately take up the case and render a decision in an “expedited” fashion, The Hill reported.

The arrogantly presumptuous Democratic-dominated House committee, which is clearly driven by anti-Trump animus, sought by way of its filing to dictate to the Supreme Court what its schedule should be in order to align itself with the committee’s own self-interested schedule.

Trump vs. House Dems

It was in October that the committee issued its admittedly “sweeping” subpoenas of Trump White House records which Trump quickly sought to block by way of a lawsuit and his rightful claim of executive privilege under the Presidential Records Act, given his status as a former president.

But SCOTUSblog reported that both a D.C. district court and the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected Trump’s arguments and instead deferred to a decision made by current President Joe Biden, who for clearly petty and partisan purposes, declined to support his predecessor’s claim of executive privilege.

Thus, per the circuit court’s ruling, and pending a temporary stay or intervention by the Supreme Court, the National Archives have been ordered to turn over all of the varied and dubiously relevant records sought by the committee, which brings us to Trump’s current appeal.

Trump files appeal

On Thursday, attorneys for Trump filed a petition asking the Supreme Court to take up the case as well as an application seeking a preliminary injunction that would effectively bar the National Archives from releasing the requested documents, at least until the entirety of the case was properly adjudicated, and a final decision rendered.

Those filings essentially argue that the committee has overstepped its authority and both ignored and violated the Presidential Records Act as well as the separation of powers. They also argue that the lower courts were wrong to defer solely to President Biden and summarily dismiss former President Trump’s privilege claims.

Furthermore, the filings make the case that, if the subpoenaed records are turned over, Trump’s executive privilege — as well as that of future presidents — will be irreparably harmed, while an injunctive delay would be little more than an inconvenience for the House committee.

Committee’s demands

The House committee sees things differently, of course, and submitted its own filing Thursday that essentially demanded the Supreme Court act with urgent speed and take up the case to swiftly render a decision with no further delay so that it could move forward with its probe.

“Delay would inflict a serious injury on the Select Committee and the public by interfering with this mandate,” the committee asserted. “The Select Committee needs the requested documents now to help shape the direction of the investigation and allow the Select Committee to timely recommend remedial legislation.”

As such, the committee insisted that the Supreme Court ignore its own procedures and timelines and immediately consider both the petition and application for an injunction from Trump simultaneously at the court’s next conference on Jan. 14, presumably to issue a “prompt resolution” in the committee’s favor by summarily dismissing Trump’s appeals at that time.

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