The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol has demanded that former President Donald Trump turn over a number of documents they say are related to their probe.
Trump isn’t interested in complying, however. Now, according to Fox News, his lawyers are turning to the Supreme Court for help.
Fox reported Thursday that attorneys working for the former president have filed a petition arguing that he has no legal obligation to surrender the material in question.
Trump says panel has exceeded its authority
“Congress limited its own access to Presidential records when it adopted the Presidential Records Act, a law it now stubbornly refuses to follow,” the motion from Trump’s legal team reads.
“The Executive adopted implementing regulations and an executive order reasonably regulating access to the records of former presidents,” it adds.
Trump’s lawyers allege that the committee has “ignored these restrictions by sending a ‘sweeping’ records request to the National Archives and Records Administration seeking broad swaths of confidential records created during President Trump’s term of office.”
“The congressional request is untethered from any valid legislative purpose and exceeds the authority of Congress under the Constitution and the Presidential Records Act,” the motion adds.
In other news…
Meanwhile, President Trump announced Tuesday that he’s planning to hold a news conference at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Florida this coming Jan. 6, Fox News revealed.
Although the former president did not specify what issues he planned to discuss, comments about the House select committee seem likely to be forthcoming. Receiving less attention are the many individuals who have been held for months without bail in jail in Washington on claims that they participated in the Capitol riot.
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) visited the correctional facility in November, and has since tried to bring attention to what she called “deplorable” conditions there.
“Last night I finally got into the ‘deplorable’ jail, the DC jail where these people are being held for months on end in conditions like I’ve never seen in my life,” Greene said in a recent podcast episode, according to Business Insider.
“It’s beyond anything I’ve ever seen and every American in this country should be outraged at what’s happening. I don’t care how you vote,” Greene added.