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A federal judge who has harshly condemned the Capitol insurrection will hear former President Donald Trump's bid to block the release of White House documents related to Jan. 6.
U.S. District Judge Tanya Chutkan, who was nominated by former President Barack Obama in 2014, has been assigned to preside over Trump's lawsuit filed Monday, in which he claims the records subpoenaed by a House select committee are protected by executive privilege.
CNN reports that Chutkan, while presiding recently over the cases of Capitol rioters, has described the insurrection as "a violent mob seeking to overthrow the lawfully elected government," adding that the crowd that day posed a "very real danger... to our democracy." Chutkan has also said that rioters "soiled and defaced the halls of the Capitol and showed their contempt for the rule of law."
"Speaking earlier this month at a sentencing hearing for a nonviolent rioter who pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor charge of illegally demonstrating in the Capitol, Chutkan made a tacit reference to Trump, saying that the rioter 'did not go to the United States Capitol out of any love for our country ... He went for one man,'" CNN reports. "And last week, Chutkan sentenced two cousins with extensive criminal records to 45 days in jail for storming the Capitol, a somewhat rare punishment among convicted January 6 rioters. In doing so, she blasted the men for their 'decision to take that protest and turn it into a violent occupation of the US Capitol ... at a time when we were attempting the peaceful transfer of power.'"
According to CNN, Chutkan "conveys a sense of toughness and control over her hearings."
Regardless of how she rules in the Trump lawsuit, Chutkan's decision is likely to be appealed. But time is of the essence, and Neil Eggleston, who served as White House counsel under Obama, said he believes Chutkan will handle the case efficiently.
"(She will) give each side 10 days to brief it, have a hearing and decide it," Eggleston said. "She knows whatever she decides is not going to stay with her."
The House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riots on Tuesday unanimously approved a referral of criminal charges against former Trump political strategist Steve Bannon.
Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) said ahead of the vote that Bannon had "chosen a path toward criminal contempt" and warned other Capitol riot committee witnesses to not follow in his footsteps.
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), the vice chair of the committee, similarly emphasized that Bannon has "no right" to defy lawful congressional subpoenas.
The vote comes one day after the committee issued a report and resolution recommending a referral of criminal charges for Bannon, who so far has defied its subpoenas ordering his testimony.
The committee's report began by detailing the reasons it is seeking Bannon's testimony.
"Mr. Bannon appears to have had multiple roles relevant to this investigation, including his role in constructing and participating in the 'stop the steal' public relations effort that motivated the attack, his efforts to plan political and other activity in advance of January 6th, and his participation in the events of that day from a 'war room' organized at the Willard InterContinental Washington D.C. Hotel," the committee explained. "Although he was a private citizen not employed by the White House at the time, he reportedly spoke with Mr. Trump directly regarding the plans for January 6th on at least one occasion."
The committee then outlined the legal statute that it says "makes clear that a witness summoned before Congress must appear or be 'deemed guilty of a misdemeanor' punishable by a fine of up to $100,000 and imprisonment for up to 1 year."
Liz Cheney drops bombshell during hearing -- and suggests Trump 'was personally involved in the planning of January 6th'
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) on Tuesday issued a scathing assessment of former President Donald Trump and ally Steve Bannon's decision to stonewall the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th attacks on the United States Capitol.
After dismantling Bannon's claims that he is protected by executive privilege from testifying before the committee, Cheney speculated that Trump and Bannon have very personal reasons for not wanting any testimony to go forward.
"Mr. Bannon's and Mr. Trump's privilege arguments do appear to reveal one thing, however: they suggest that President Trump was personally involved in the planning and execution of January 6th," she said. "And we will get to the bottom of that."
Cheney also cited Bannon's statements on January 5th in which he seemed to anticipate that violent mayhem would break out the next day as Congress worked to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election.
"All hell is going to break loose tomorrow," Bannon said.
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