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US court rejects Trump bid to keep Capitol riot documents secret

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Supporters then US President Donald Trump gather at the west entrance of the Capitol during a ‘Stop the Steal’ protest outside of the Capitol building in Washington DC January 6, 2021.

US: A US federal appeals court on Thursday rejected former president Donald Trump’s bid to prevent the release of White House records relating to the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

The appeals court agreed with a lower court ruling that President Joe Biden could waive executive privilege on the records, so that they could be handed over to a Congressional panel investigating the violence by Trump supporters. Trump, who has been accused of fomenting the attack on the US Congress, sought to exercise his privilege as a former President to keep the documents and phone records that might relate to the attack a secret.

But the court said Biden’s judgment carried more weight in the case. “The right of a former President certainly enjoys no greater weight than that of the incumbent,” the Appeals Court said in its ruling. “In this case, President Biden, as the head of the Executive Branch, has specifically found that Congress has demonstrated a compelling need for these very documents and that disclosure is in the best interests of the nation,” the court said. – THE MALAY MAIL

Saturday, December 11, 2021 – 01:00

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