There is a big difference between Trump’s obstruction of the Russia investigation and the 1/6 investigation. So far, the courts are not playing along.
Trump’s executive privilege lawsuit took weeks, not months to decide
The New York Times highlighted the difference:
In both cases, Democratic-controlled Home Affairs Committees have issued summonses. Trump tried to block those efforts by invoking constitutional secrecy powers, and Obama-appointed judges of the Federal District Court – to liberal applause – ruled against him. Every statement even made the same striking statement: “presidents are not kings.”
But there was a big difference: The White House lawyer’s case two years ago chewed up three and a half months by the time Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson issued a 120-page opinion to end his first phase. Only 23 days elapsed between mr. Trump’s submission of the January 6 court case and Judge Tanya Chutkan’s ruling against him.
Unless the appellate court issues a stay within the next 24 hours, the National Archives will hand over approximately 700 pages of Trump administration documents and records to the 1/6 committee on Friday.
So far, the courts are not playing along with Trump’s obstruction
Trump has been using the legal system as a weapon for decades. He is an expert in dragging out lawsuits to either deplete the resources of his civilian opponents or obstruct investigations during his political career.
In the executive privilege ruling, the nation saw what happens when the courts do not allow themselves and their process to be manipulated.
Trump’s entire plan is to run the clock, hopes a new Republican House majority closes the 1/6 committee in January 2023.
If the courts continue to move fast, Trump’s plan will be a spectacular failure.
Mr. Easley is the managing editor. He is also a White House Press Pool and a congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in political science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
Awards and professional membership
Member of the Association of Professional Journalists and The American Political Science Association