Judges dubious toward Trump bid to protect his private records.


U.S. appeals court judges on Tuesday signaled skepticism toward former President Donald Trump’s bid to keep records about his conversations and actions before and during the deadly Jan. 6 Capitol riot by a mob of his supporters away from congressional investigators.

A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit heard a three-hour oral argument in Trump’s appeal of a judge’s decision that the records should be turned over to a House of Representatives committee.

“Is there a circumstance where the former president ever gets to make this sort of call?” asked Jackson, seen as a possible future Supreme Court nominee for Biden.

Trump lawyer Justin Clark argued that a 1978 law called the Presidential Records Act gives Trump that power.

“I don’t see that in the statute,” Jackson responded.

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