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U.S. Court of Appeals temporarily blocks Jan. 6 committee from obtaining Trump White House records

By: Anne Summerhays - November 12, 2021

January 6th Committee

The January 6th committee had been scheduled to obtain the records on Friday.

On Thursday, a federal appeals court granted former President Donald Trump’s request to temporarily block the National Archives from giving his White House records to Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s House January 6th Committee.
The decision was made in order to give the court time to consider Trump’s arguments against release of the documents, which was scheduled for Friday without a court order.
“The Select Committee wants to learn every detail of what went on in the White House on January 6th and in the days beforehand. We need to know precisely what role the former President and his aides played in efforts to stop the counting of the electoral votes and if they were in touch with anyone outside the White House attempting to overturn the outcome of the election,” Mississippi 2nd District Congressman Bennie Thompson, Chairman of the Select Committee said.

Thompson, a Democrat, said that the witnesses that are subpoenaed have relevant information and they expect them to comply fully with the Select Committee’s investigation as he and his colleagues work to get answers for the American people. The Committee seeks to make recommendations on changes to the law to “protect our democracy,” and to help ensure that nothing like January 6th ever happens again.

This week, the Select Committee issued subpoenas to ten more former administration officials, including individuals who served on the White House staff at the time of the January 6th riot on the U.S. Capitol.

The letters to the witnesses can be found here:


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Anne Summerhays

Anne Summerhays is a recent graduate of Millsaps College where she majored in Political Science, with minors in Sociology and American Studies. In 2021, she joined Y’all Politics as a Capitol Correspondent. Prior to making that move, she interned for a congressional office in Washington, D.C. and a multi-state government relations and public affairs firm in Jackson, Mississippi. While at Millsaps, Summerhays received a Legislative Fellowship with the Women’s Foundation of Mississippi where she worked with an active member of the Mississippi Legislature for the length of session. She has quickly established trust in the Capitol as a fair, honest, and hardworking young reporter. Her background in political science helps her cut through the noise to find and explain the truth.