Trump seeks to block Jan.6 panel’s access to his notes and call logs

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WASHINGTON – Former President Donald Trump is trying to prevent January 6 investigators from viewing hundreds of pages of White House documents that include his handwritten notes and phone call records, the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration said. In court Friday night.

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A Congressional panel has asked the National Archives, the official US government body to preserve government records and make them available to the public, to release nearly 1,600 pages of documents as part of its investigation into the deadly attack. January 6 by Trump supporters in the US Capitol.

Trump, however, has required about 760 pages to be withheld, the National Archives said in a filing with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.

The former president argues that normal rules for secrecy of White House documents should apply and that the congressional panel, which includes Trump critics from the Democratic and Republican parties, is a “witch hunt.”

But President Joe Biden has waived the rules of secrecy, arguing that the nation is interested in understanding Trump’s role in his supporters’ attempt to overturn Biden’s victory over Trump in the November 2020 presidential election.

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Trump urged his supporters to attend a rally on January 6, telling them “it will be crazy.” Then, at the rally, he urged them to march to the Capitol and “show strength,” making false claims that he lost the election due to fraud. Soon after, supporters stormed the US Capitol and tried to prevent lawmakers from certifying Biden’s victory. Four people died on the day of the violent events, one shot to death by the police and the other three from natural causes.

The Democratic-controlled House indicted Trump for inciting the insurrection. He was later acquitted in the United States Senate.

The records Trump wants to keep on investigators include “daily presidential diaries, schedules, appointments showing White House visitors, activity logs, call logs,” according to the National Archives court file.

The records could shed light on “what was happening in the White House immediately before, during and after the January 6 attack,” according to the document.

Trump also seeks to block access to documents in folders kept by former press secretary Kayleigh McEnany.

A hearing has been scheduled for Nov. 4 to consider Trump’s claim for executive privilege.

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