Judge to hear Trump bid to stonewall U.S. Capitol riot investigation

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A mob of supporters of then-U.S. President Donald Trump ascent done a model they broke arsenic they tempest the U.S. Capitol Building successful Washington, U.S., January 6, 2021. REUTERS/Leah Millis/File Photo

WASHINGTON, Nov 4 (Reuters) - A U.S. justice is acceptable to perceive arguments by Donald Trump's lawyers connected Thursday that hundreds of pages of his White House records should beryllium withheld from a House of Representatives committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot by a mob of his supporters.

U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan is owed to see the Republican erstwhile president's arguments that telephone telephone records, visitant logs and different materials requested by the Democratic-led committee should beryllium kept confidential. The proceeding is scheduled to statesman astatine 11 a.m. ET (1500 GMT).

Trump connected Oct. 18 sued the nine-member prime committee, arguing that the requested materials are covered by a ineligible doctrine known arsenic executive privilege that protects the confidentiality of immoderate White House communications. Trump near bureau connected Jan. 20.

"The Committee's requests are unprecedented successful their breadth and scope and are untethered from immoderate morganatic legislative purpose," Trump's lawyer Jesse Binnall wrote successful the lawsuit.

The committee requested the materials from the U.S. National Archives, which holds the records.

Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson, the committee's chairman, and Republican Representative Liz Cheney, its vice chair, said successful a connection aft the filing of the suit that Trump is seeking to "delay and obstruct" the investigation.

"It's hard to ideate a much compelling nationalist involvement than trying to get answers astir an onslaught connected our ideology and an effort to overturn the results of an election," Cheney and Thompson said.

Trump gave an incendiary code earlier the deadly riot repeating his mendacious claims that the 2020 predetermination was stolen from him done wide voting fraud and urging his supporters to spell to the Capitol and "fight similar hell" to "top the steal." His supporters stormed the Capitol successful a failed bid to forestall Congress from formally certifying Democratic President Joe Biden's predetermination victory.

The committee has said it needs the requested materials to recognize the relation that Trump whitethorn person played successful fomenting the riot. It has said the requests are wrong its powers and driven by the wide legislative intent of knowing the facts and causes surrounding the riot and processing authorities to defender against a akin battle successful the future.

About 700 radical look transgression charges stemming from the riot.

The House connected Oct. 21 voted to clasp Trump's erstwhile main strategist Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with the investigation. Bannon has refused to comply with committee subpoenas seeking documents and his testimony, citing Trump's insistence - disputed by immoderate ineligible scholars - that his communications are protected by enforcement privilege.

The Justice Department indispensable present determine whether to bring transgression charges against Bannon.

Reporting by Jan Wolfe successful Washington; Editing by Will Dunham and Scott Malone

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