rioters breach the security perimeter and penetrate the U.S. Capitol to protest against the Electoral College vote count that would certify President-elect Joe Biden as president on January 6. File Photo by Ken Cedeno/UPI | License Photo
Nov. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Monday urged a federal appeals court to affirm a lower court ruling and reject an effort by former President Donald Trump to prevent the release of White House records that relate to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.
The House select committee investigating the attack is trying to gain access to critical records held by the National Archives and Records Administration.
On Nov. 9, U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan refused to issue the preliminary injunction sought by Trump, triggering an appeal by the former president.
Attorneys for the House filed a brief Monday with the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.
"Far from being able to demonstrate a likelihood of success on the merits, Mr. Trump is extremely unlikely to win on his claims," the brief said. "The Select Committee's request is squarely within its jurisdiction and driven by a clear legislative purpose: to understand the facts and causes surrounding the Jan. 6 attack in order to develop legislation and other measures that will protect our nation from a future assault."
The brief filed last week by Trump's attorneys said:
"Appellees and the court below contend that Congress possesses almost limitless power to issue requests for sensitive, privileged presidential records on any matter, at any time, for any reason. This unprecedented claim lacks a limiting principle, is not consistent with our constitutional separation of powers, and should be rejected."
Oral arguments before the three-judge appellate panel are set for Nov. 30.
Supporters of President Donald Trump riot against the Electoral College vote count on January 6, 2021, in protest of Trump's loss to President-elect Joe Biden, prompting a lockdown of the Capitol Building. Photo by Leigh Vogel/UPI | License Photo