Pelosi celebrates Trump court defeat in Jan. 6 inquiry
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised Wednesday’s Federal Judge’s rejection of former President Trump’s request to stop the National Archives turning over documents requested by the House select Committee investigating the Capitol Riot on Jan. 6.
“The District Court delivered an important victory to the Constitution, rule of law, and the American people by ruling to decisively reaffirm House’s broad investigative powers and to reject past president’s attempt to block the investigation into deadly January 6th Insurrection,” the California Democrat stated in a statement.
Tanya Chutkan, a Democratic Representative from Mississippi, stated Tuesday that the select committee could have access to hundreds of pages of documents pertaining to the Trump White House. The former president’s legal team tried to keep the documents secret. Trump tried to invoke executive privilege to keep these records secret, but President Biden has declined to grant the right to Mr. Trump.
” The court believes that the public interest is in allowing the combined will of both the executive and legislative branches to examine the events of January 6 and to propose legislation to prevent them from happening again,” she wrote in her 39-page ruling.
Judge Chutkan stated, “Presidents don’t kings and Plaintiff isn’t President .”
The former President “retains” the right to claim that his records were privileged, but the incumbent President is ‘not constitutionally obliged’ to honor that assertion, she stated.
Ms. Pelosi established the select committee after House GOP lawmakers refused to sign off on a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, designed to halt congressional proceedings effectively ratifying Mr. Biden’s win in the 2020 election.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy retracted his selections for the select commission after Ms. Pelosi refused the permission to allow Jim Jordan from Ohio and Jim Banks from Indiana to join the panel.
The decision set a new precedent and infuriated Republicans who claimed it could come back to haunt Democrats later.
Reps. Liz Cheney from Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger from Illinois, both Republicans joined the committee later, defying Mr. McCarthy.
“Nobody can stand in the path of the truth, especially not the former president who instigated the insurrection,” Ms. Pelosi stated Wednesday.