(Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Supreme Court cleared the way for some of Donald Trump’s White House papers to be turned over to a congressional panel investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, rejecting the former president’s claims of executive privilege.
The order gives a major legal and political victory to the House select committee and its Democratic chairman, Representative Bennie Thompson of Mississippi. The National Archives can now turn over about 800 pages of material, including visitor and call logs, emails, draft speeches and handwritten notes.
Trump was seeking to override President Joe Biden’s decision to waive executive privilege over the documents. A federal appeals court said Biden’s stance and Congress’s need for the documents combined to outweigh Trump’s claims.
Justice Clarence Thomas was the lone justice to publicly dissent.
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