Congressional Democrats have subpoenad dozens of Trump administration officials and requested thousands of records in a partisan witch hunt that was approved of along party lines. Their efforts to obtain records from the National Archives including White House correspondence, visitor logs, and telephone records were halted today in a Federal Appeals Court. It is “ordered that an administrative injunction be entered and appellees the National Archives and Records Administration and the Archivist be enjoined from releasing the records requested by the House Select Committee over which appellant asserts executive privilege, pending further order of this court,” The U.S Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia stated. The records were scheduled to be released on Friday.
Democrats have seized on the unrest on January 6th to politically persecute Trump supporters, from protesters at the rally who have been subject to egregious human rights violations, to House Republicans who have had their phone records subpoenad. Richard Barnett, a protester at the January 6th rally, was allegedly beaten by prison guards and denied medical treatment when he thought he was having a heart attack, according to his lawyer. “They are treating those people worse than they treat the terrorists at Gitmo (short for Guantanamo),” Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R) claimed at a Cobb County Republican Party breakfast.
The DC appeals court is slated to hear the Trump administrations arguments on November 30th. The three judge panel hearing the case was randomly selected and includes two Obama appointees and one Biden appointee. The motion to halt the records request was granted after District Judge Tanya Chutkan denied the Trump administrations request on two separate occasions to hear the case.