Just as Trump tries to obstruct the Jan. 6 inquiry, the Supreme Court won’t play along


During his one-time presidential term, Donald Trump had a penchant for referring to federal justices and Supreme Court justices as if they governed on the basis of loyalty to the presidents who appointed them. So, Trump suggested, there were “Obama judges” and Trump judges. In 2018, Chief Justice John Roberts issued a stern rebuke: “We don’t have Obama judges or Trump judges, Bush judges or Clinton judges. What we have is an extraordinary group of dedicated judges who do their best to do an equal right to those who appear before them. He added: “This independent judiciary is something we should all be grateful for.”

A lopsided High Court ruling on Wednesday against Trump helped dispel any notions of judges basing their decisions on personal loyalties.

They dealt Trump the harshest of defeats by rejecting his mythical claim of post-presidential executive privilege.

He had no constitutional basis to block the release of 724 pages of documents requested by the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, Capitol uprising.

Congressional Republicans have gone to extraordinary lengths to prevent the Jan. 6 committee from doing its job. It is now notorious that the judiciary sides with Democrats in Congress and the Executive Branch on the need to uncover the truth.

That is: who planned the insurgency and how involved was the Trump White House? No matter what Trump’s cronies in Congress say about this being a partisan witch hunt, they can’t count on the Supreme Court to help them obstruct justice.

All three Trump appointees joined the majority decision against Trump. In fact, the only dissent was that of Judge Clarence Thomas, who should have recused himself from the start since his wife, Ginni, endorsed the January 6 pro-Trump rally and tweeted her support the day the insurgents invaded the Capitol.

The 724 pages in question include draft talking points for the White House press secretary and draft speeches prepared for Trump to deliver, as well as a draft executive order regarding election integrity. Trump insisted then, and continues to insist today, that his re-election was stolen by voter fraud, as if to suggest that President Joe Biden’s supporters fabricated his margin of victory of 7 million votes.

The justices did not go into detail about their decision against Trump and, crucially, did not tie their decision to the larger question of whether former presidents can constitutionally claim the privilege.

But they upheld a lower court judge‘s ruling “that there is a unique legislative need for these documents and that they are directly relevant to the [Jan. 6] The committee’s investigation into an attack on the legislature and its constitutional role in the peaceful transfer of power.

The wheels of justice are turning, and Americans now have good reason to hope that Trump can finally be held accountable for ordering a violent mob to storm the Capitol to block Election Certification. Biden.

– St. Louis Post-Dispatch


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