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Trump’s Request for Jan. 6 Committee Records Denied by Judge


WASHINGTON — A judge on Monday rejected Donald Trump’s request to see records from‍ the congressional investigation of the Jan. 6, 2021 attack‍ on the U.S.‌ Capitol, ⁣which the former president⁣ said​ may be relevant to his defense against⁢ election​ interference charges.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan in​ Washington found that Trump “has not sufficiently justified his requests” for information tied to the Democratic-led‍ House of Representatives probe, which concluded in 2022.

Trump ⁢sought to subpoena materials that his lawyers said were “missing” from the House investigation, including transcripts and video recordings of ‍interviews with law enforcement officials.

The judge⁢ concluded that prosecutors had ⁣already given Trump written transcripts of‌ those interviews‌ and that Trump’s attorneys had not shown how video footage of those same conversations could be ‍relevant to his defense.

Trump has pleaded not guilty⁤ to charges that he illegally‍ sought to overturn his ⁣defeat in the 2020 election. The case, brought by Special Counsel Jack Smith, is one‍ of four criminal cases facing ⁢Trump, the⁤ front-runner for ⁤the Republican presidential nomination in 2024.

Following a separate court ruling, ⁢Smith’s⁤ team on Monday made public new⁢ information⁣ about the ⁣January search warrant‍ issued to Twitter, now ⁣known as X, for information⁢ on ⁤Trump’s account. The warrant sought information on all electronic ​devices that accessed Trump’s account ‌between October 2020 and January 2021 as well ⁣as the content of direct messages sent⁤ and received from ‌the account, according to court filings.

Trump’s Twitter account was suspended⁤ following ‍the 2021 riot⁢ at the⁣ Capitol‌ by his supporters. The sanction was lifted in​ November​ 2022 after the platform was taken over ​by CEO ​Elon Musk.

Prosecutors convinced a judge to bar Twitter from informing ⁢Trump about the warrant, a move the company opposed.

Trump is also set to‌ testify for a⁤ second time⁤ in his ongoing civil fraud trial in ‍New York on ⁤Dec. 11, his lawyers said ‍Monday.

In ‍defiant and rambling testimony ​on Nov. 6, Trump denied ‍the⁣ New ‌York attorney‍ general’s allegations that he inflated his net worth⁢ to dupe lenders.

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  1. I have to say, I couldn’t agree more. Judges should maintain neutrality and the refusal to submit presidential records looks good on them. It’s important to uphold the sanctity of the office regardless of personal affiliations.

  2. It’s a relief to see a judge prioritizing judicial integrity over politics. Upholding neutrality is vital for our democracy. #RespectTheOffice


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