Donald Trump's attorneys filed a response in District of Columbia Circuit Court to the House select committee's request for documents related to the Jan. 6 insurrection, and urged the appeals court to take its time.
The twice-impeached one-term president's legal team argued in their opening brief that there would be no limits to what Congress could get its hands on if a lower court's decision is upheld, and they also complained that some of the requested documents were unrelated to the U.S. Capitol riot.
"Here, a congressional committee sent an unprecedented and overbroad records request effectively seeking every presidential record and communication that could tenuously relate to events that occurred on January 6, 2021," Trump's attorneys wrote.
"It did so by casting a 'wide net' for nearly every communication and record created in the White House from April 2020 onward. The district court sanctioned this request, which it openly admitted was 'unbelievably broad,' without identifying a single piece of proposed legislation or the relation of the requested records to advancing such legislation," they added. "Moreover, the district court misapplied the constitutional and statutory scheme used to determine the applicability of executive privilege."
The former president's attorneys then urged the court to take its time rendering a decision.
"There will not be another Presidential transition for more than three years," the attorneys wrote. "Congress has time to allow the courts to consider this expedited appeal while it continues to legislate."
Trump's attorneys also argued that upholding the congressional request would have "enormous consequences" that would alter the "dynamics between the political branches."
"It is naïve to assume that the fallout will be limited to President Trump or the events of January 6, 2021," they wrote. "Every Congress will point to some unprecedented thing about 'this President' to justify a request for his presidential records. In these hyper-partisan times, Congress will increasingly and inevitably use this new weapon to perpetually harass its political rival.