Trump is learning what executive privilege really means

Source: The Hill
by Steven Lubet

“Former President Trump is desperate to keep White House documents out of the hands of the House Select Committee on the January 6 attack. His assertion of executive privilege, seeking to enjoin the National Archives and Records Administration [NARA] from complying with a congressional records request, was soundly denied by U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, and the case has been set for an expedited hearing before the District of Columbia Court of Appeals on Nov. 30. As Judge Chutkan observed in her extensive opinion, executive privilege exists for the benefit of the presidency, rather than for any individual president, much less former presidents. Trump is therefore almost certain to lose. … Trump’s assertion of privilege in perpetuity will not succeed. The truth about his responsibility for Jan. 6, whatever it may be, is going to be revealed.” (11/17/21)