Appeals court agrees to temporarily block access to former-President Trump’s White House records in Jan. 6 probe

A federal appeals court on Thursday granted former President Donald Trump’s request to temporarily block the National Archives from giving his White House records to a House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol. A three-judge panel granted Trump an administrative injunction and set arguments for the case for Nov. 30, writing: “The purpose of this administrative injunction is to protect the court’s jurisdiction to address appellant’s claims of executive privilege and should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits.”

The National Archives was expected to start turning over the documents Friday, releasing them over the next several weeks. Trump asked the court to “maintain the status quo” until their expedited appeal can be heard. In the documents, committee members expect to receive call logs, visitor logs, drafts of speeches, memos and even handwritten notes from White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and others. Trump’s attorneys have said additional time is needed to properly go over the issues in question.

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