The highest American court rejected, by a majority of eight judges out of nine, the attempt of the former president to maintain the confidentiality of the archives of the White House in a short judgment which does not explain his motivations.
These hundreds of pages of documents include, among other things, the lists of people who visited him or called him on January 6, 2021, as well as notes taken during these exchanges.
The Supreme Court’s decision represents a significant victory for the
special commission of the House of Representatives, which is engaged in a veritable judicial guerrilla war with the former president and his relatives.
Its members, mostly Democrats, seek to determine the role of the Republican billionaire in the attack of thousands of his supporters on the seat of Congress, when elected officials certified the victory of his Democratic opponent Joe Biden in the presidential election.
The commission is racing against time as it desperately wants to release its findings before the midterm legislative elections, less than a year away, in which Republicans could regain control of the House and bury his works.
Donald Trump, who remains central in his camp and does not rule out running for president in 2024, tried to block the work of the commission by invoking a prerogative of the executive power which makes it possible to protect the confidentiality of his communications.
For him, this prerogative applies even to former presidents. The federal courts, however, dismissed his claims, pointing out that the current executive power did not consider it necessary to use this prerogative to protect its archives.
The Supreme Court, which nevertheless has three out of nine magistrates appointed by Donald Trump, validated their decisions.