Former Trump officials and advisers should assume that no presidential privilege will justify their withholding testimony and documents from the panel.

NRPLUS MEMBER ARTICLE T he D.C. Circuit federal appeals court has roundly rejected former president Donald Trump’s efforts to block the House January 6 Committee’s access to his communications. The ruling came in a unanimous 68-page opinion issued on Thursday afternoon by a three-judge panel.

The court’s decision strengthens the committee’s hand, including against former Trump officials and advisers who have derivatively relied on the former president’s privilege claim as a rationale for resisting subpoenas for testimony and documents.

In a sign of how the ground has shifted, the committee — almost simultaneously with the issuance of the court’s ruling — released a press advisory that

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