The court’s move, which came in a brief unsigned order issued without comment, comes after the justices denied Trump’s emergency request to block the transfer of his White House records from the National Archives to the House select committee, a process that began last month.
Tuesday’s development formally ends Trump’s legal effort to stymie lawmakers’ efforts to obtain a batch of schedules, call logs, emails and other requested documents that the committee says could illuminate key circumstances surrounding the deadly Capitol riot.
For the House panel, such an information will flesh out the circumstances surrounding the deadly pro-Trump riot on Capitol Hill, in which five people were killed, including a police officer.
With this decision, the Supreme Court also puts aside the concern that Trump could use a strategy to successfully hinder Jan. 6 probe.
Justices’ ruling, issued with no comment, comes after the Supreme Court denied the former US president’s emergency request to block the White House records from the National Archives to the House panel.
The order leaves intact a lower federal appeals court ruling that found Trump’s assertion of executive privilege and other legal theories unpersuasive in light of President Biden´s refusal to invoke privilege, as well as the House panel´s pressing task.
Trump turned to the Supreme Court in December after lower federal courts rejected his requests to halt the National Archives from passing along his administration´s records. His attorneys had asked the justices to shield the disputed materials from disclosure while they considered his formal appeal.