This week, yet another court handed former President Donald Trump a defeat in his legal battle against the Democrat-led House committee investigating the “riot” that took place at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.
Now, it appears that Trump will have to turn to the U.S. Supreme Court as a last resort.
This whole situation began with the House committee trying to get access to records, kept in the National Archives, from Trump’s presidency. Trump has tried to keep the records from the committee by claiming that the documents are protected by executive privilege.
But, the problem for Trump is that President Joe Biden and his administration are now in charge. And, Biden has decided to dismiss Trump’s executive privilege claim and to, instead, hand the documents over to the committee.
Trump has responded with a lawsuit. But, so far, he has been unable to get a win.
Two tries, two losses
The legal battle began at the District Court level, which was the first to hand Trump a defeat. And, just this week, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit was the second court to hand Trump a defeat.
Judge Patricia Millett, an appointee of former President Barack Obama, wrote the court’s opinion.
“In response, the President of the United States and Congress have each made the judgment that access to this subset of presidential communication records is necessary to address a matter of great constitutional moment for the Republic,” Millett wrote.
She added: “Former President Trump has given this court no legal reason to cast aside President Biden’s assessment of the Executive Branch interests at stake, or to create a separation of powers conflict that the Political Branches have avoided.”
Trump’s last chance
Trump now has two weeks to file an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court.
Trump spokeswoman Liz Harrington suggested that Trump plans to do just that.
“Regardless of today’s decision by the appeals court, this case was always destined for the Supreme Court,” Harrington said. “President Trump’s duty to defend the Constitution and the Office of the Presidency continues, and he will keep fighting for every American and every future Administration.”