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.