Appeals court blocks release of Trump records to Jan. 6 committee — for now
On Thursday, the DC Circuit Court of Appeals granted a temporary injunction to block the National Archives from releasing Trump administration records to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
“The purpose of this administrative injunction is to protect the court’s jurisdiction to address [Trump’s] claims of executive privilege and should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits,” the three-judge panel wrote in the order.
The injunction comes during a hectic week for former President Donald Trump’s legal team. The team had been trying to head off the Friday deadline, even after US District Judge Tanya Chutkan ruled Tuesday that the National Archives must release the documents.
On Wednesday, Chutkan denied an appeal, and Trump filed an emergency motion with the appeals court.
Both the Department of Justice and the House committee chose not to oppose the emergency motion.
The panel scheduled oral arguments for Trump’s appeal for Nov. 30, and Trump’s next filing with the court is due on Tuesday.
Appeals court temporarily blocks archives from handing Trump records to Jan. 6 committee