Trump had unsuccessfully argued in a lawsuit in lower federal courts that he was entitled to keep the documents secret under executive privilege, which in certain cases allows presidents to prevent Congress from obtaining executive branch records.
Biden had refused to invoke executive privilege over the documents.
U.S. House Select Committee on Jan. 6th Chairman Representative Bennie Thompson (D-MS), with members, including Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-MD), meet to vote on whether Mark Meadows, who served as former President Donald Trump’s chief of staff, should be cited for contempt of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. December 13, 2021.
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A federal appeals court said that even if Trump was a sitting president, he would not have the power to keep the House committee from getting the records via a subpoena.
The Supreme Court noted that fact Wednesday when it refused to issue an injunction against the records being released to give Trump a chance to get the high court to take his appeal.