Investigation into the assault on the Capitol: the Supreme Court inflicts a setback on Donald Trump

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The Supreme Court of the United States on Wednesday rejected Donald Trump’s request to maintain the confidentiality of the White House archives linked to the actions of the American president on January 6, 2021, the day of the assault on the Capitol by his supporters. It is a victory for the “special committee” of the House of Representatives which is investigating this file.

The Supreme Court paved the way, Wednesday, January 19, for the transfer of documents related to the actions of Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 to the parliamentary commission of inquiry, responsible for shedding light on his role in the assault on the Capitol.

The highest court in the United States rejected, by a majority of eight judges out of nine, the former president’s attempt to maintain the confidentiality of the White House archives in a short judgment that does not explain his motivations.

These hundreds of pages of documents include, among other things, the lists of people who visited him or called him on January 6, 2021, as well as notes taken during these exchanges.

Judicial guerrilla

The decision of the Supreme Court represents a considerable victory for the “special committee” of the House of Representatives which is engaged in a legal guerrilla war with the former president and his relatives.

The two elected to head this commission, Democrat Bennie Thompson and Republican Liz Cheney, hailed in a statement a “victory for the rule of law and for American democracy”. They said they had already started receiving certain documents “that the former president had hoped to keep hidden”.

The members of the January 6 commission, mostly Democrats, are seeking to determine the role of the Republican billionaire in the attack of thousands of his supporters on the seat of Congress, when elected officials certified the victory of his Democratic opponent Joe Biden in the presidential one.

They are racing against time as they desperately want to release their findings before the midterm legislative elections, in less than a year, when Republicans could regain control of the House and bury their work.

“Fraudulent” tax practices

In a separate court filing, the former property mogul also saw the skies darken. On Tuesday evening, the New York State Attorney General announced that she had “uncovered evidence” of “fraudulent” tax practices within the Trump Organization.

In a document of more than a hundred pages, Letitia James accuses him, as well as two of his children, of having misvalued some of their assets to derive an “economic advantage”. According to her, he would have underestimated goods with the taxman to pay less taxes, and would have overvalued them with banks to obtain loans.

With AFP

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