A judge has rejected former President Donald Trump's request to the House Jan. 6 committee's records, Reuters reports.
This is the committee that investigated the Capitol protest of Jan. 6, 2021. At least, this is what the committee claimed that it did.
The committee, however, has been at the center of much controversy, particularly in light of the fact that it was composed of all Democrats and a couple of anti-Trump Republicans.
This, in conjunction with other facts about the committee, has caused many to wonder whether the committee's mission was to investigate the events of Jan. 6, 2021, or whether its real mission was to use Jan. 6 as a political weapon against Trump.
It came as part of the so-called election interference case that special counsel Jack Smith, on behalf of the Biden administration, has brought against Trump. Smith alleges that Trump engaged in criminal activity following the 2020 presidential, including by conspiring to obstruct Congress's effort to certify the results of the election.
Trump has maintained his innocence, and he has insisted that Smith is targeting him to interfere with his 2024 presidential campaign.
The former president and his legal team previously filed a motion requesting to see records from the House Jan. 6 committee's investigation on the ground that these records may contain evidence that is relevant to the charges that Smith has filed against him.
Reuters reports, "Trump sought to subpoena materials that his lawyers said were 'missing' from the House investigation, including transcripts and video recordings of interviews with law enforcement officials."
Whether or not to grant this request was in the hands of U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, a judge who has been found to have deep Democrat ties - including to Hunter Biden - and to have a conspicuous anti-Trump bias.
Chutkan has now rejected Trump's request for the committee records.
Chutkan, in her ruling Monday, said Trump had not sufficiently justified his subpoena requests and did not establish relevance between the case and certain items he wanted to subpoena, including recorded interviews. The order also says that some of the requested material has already been provided to Trump’s team through discovery.
The outlet adds, "In addition, Chutkan noted that Trump’s requested subpoenas lacked specificity about certain information he wanted, comparing the request to a 'fishing expedition.'"
This will likely not come as a surprise to Trump, Trump's legal team, or just about anyone else who has been following this case.
This case is set to go to trial in March.