January 6 committee scales back its request for documents from Trump lawyer

For nearly a year, members of a special House select committee have been scrutinizing former President Trump as part of their investigation into the January 6 riot on Capitol Hill.

Yet according to Politico, the former president just scored a major victory with the committee that few saw coming.  

Committee significantly scales back its demand for documents

The website reported on Saturday that committee members have significantly reduced the number of documents they are seeking from Trump attorney John Eastman.

Specifically, the committee is now seeking just 3,000 of the more than 20,000 document pages that Eastman says are protected under the doctrine of attorney-client privilege.

What’s more, a court filing made on Wednesday by House General Counsel Doug Letter indicates that the committee is dropping its demand for an additional 14,000 pages.

Politico explained that the concession came after Eastman provided the committee with another 15,000 pages worth of records. Letter said of the disputed material, “The Select Committee’s need for the documents at issue has only become more significant in light of its review of the documents produced.”

He said this is because the committee is preparing “to present the conclusions of its investigation to the public through hearings, scheduled to begin in June 2022, and forthcoming reports.”

Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, has indicated that the first of eight public hearings are scheduled to begin on June 8.

Supreme Court refused to block the National Archives from releasing White House records

However, Politico noted that although Trump came out on top with regards to documents held by his attorney, he has also incurred setbacks.

The former president was not successful in preventing the National Archives from making his White House records available to investigators from the January 6 committee.

Fox News reported in February that the Supreme Court refused to hear arguments by Trump’s lawyers against a D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruling.

“Because the Court of Appeals concluded that President Trump’s claims would have failed even if he were the incumbent, his status as a former President necessarily made no difference to the court’s decision,” the Court stated in its ruling.

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