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US court temporarily blocks release of documents in January 6 probe

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Former president Donald Trump gestures to supporters from The Ellipse near the White House in Washington, DC, US, on January 6, 2021.
BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI / AFPFormer president Donald Trump gestures to supporters from The Ellipse near the White House in Washington, DC, US, on January 6, 2021.

Trump had until Friday to submit to House committee documents relating to January 6 insurrection

A US federal court temporarily halted the release of documents sought by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 riot at Capitol Hill, following an injunction by former president Donald Trump.

The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit's decision delays a Friday deadline for the documents to be handed over. The court scheduled oral arguments for November 30.

Trump failed on two occasions to stop the release of the records. “Presidents are not kings, and Plaintiff is not President," wrote US Judge Tanya Chutkan on Tuesday, rejecting one of these attempts.

The 46 records in the National Archives include call and visitor logs, drafts of speeches and handwritten memos from Trump's then-chief of staff, Mark Meadows.

"The potential harm to the public is immense: Our democratic institutions and a core feature of our democracy — the peaceful transfer of power — are at stake," the committee said. 

A delay in receiving the documents will harm the committee's ability to "timely complete a comprehensive investigation and recommend effective remedial legislation."

Members of the committee seek the documents to better explain, they say, the events of January 6, 2021. A joint session of Congress convened that day to certify Joe Biden's victory in 2020 elections, which was interrupted by Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol.