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On Wednesday, in an 8-1 decision, the Supreme Court rejected former President Donald Trump's effort to block the release of presidential papers from the National Archives to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol insurrection — bringing an end to a heated legal battle and giving the committee a major win.
The decision promptly triggered reactions from legal and political scholars. Former Harvard Law Professor Laurence Tribe praised the decision, calling it "huge."
Supreme Court gets one right: It won\u2019t block release by National Archives of the mass of presidential papers sought by the Jan 6 committee that Trump moved heaven and earth to keep hidden. THIS IS HUGE.— Laurence Tribe (@Laurence Tribe) 1642634203
Former federal prosecutor Joyce Vance similarly praised the decision, although she expressed surprise at the reasoning the Court stated in its decision.
SCOTUS cleared the way for release of Trump papers 8-1, altho it oddly bases its ruling on the point that even if Trump was incumbent POTUS, release would have still been proper, explicitly rejecting the Ct of App's analysis of former presidents' rights https://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/21pdf/21a272_9p6b.pdf\u00a0\u2026https://twitter.com/JoyceWhiteVance/status/1474077266669932550\u00a0\u2026— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene) 1642634541
American Bridge attorney Brad Moss sardonically referenced the fact that former Trump is unlikely to pay the lawyers who represented him in the failed suit.
I sure hope Trump\u2019s lawyers demanded payment upfront. They\u2019re definitely not getting paid now.— Bradley P. Moss (@Bradley P. Moss) 1642634488
Political scholar Norm Ornstein, meanwhile, took aim at Justice Clarence Thomas — the lone dissenting justice — for not recusing himself from the case, given his wife's public support for the Capitol insurrectionists as the attack was unfolding.
The fact that Clarence Thomas continues to fail to recuse himself, given the activities of his wife that are directly related to the insurrection, is mind-bogglinghttps://twitter.com/mjs_dc/status/1483941331995176965\u00a0\u2026— Norman Ornstein (@Norman Ornstein) 1642634366
Yale Law School professor Scott Shapiro joked on Twitter that he wondered if there was a "legal claim so absurd that even Clarence Thomas wouldn’t dissent."
FBI agents reportedly searched the Laredo, Texas home of Rep. Henry Cuellar (D-TX) on Wednesday afternoon.
"At Cuellar’s home, located in the 8200 block of Estate Drive, federal vehicles were seen with cases and other items taken from the congressman’s home as agents filed in and out of the residence Wednesday afternoon," MyRGV.com reported.
An FBI spokesperson did not say what the agency was investigating.
“The FBI was present in the vicinity of Windridge Drive and Estate Drive in Laredo conducting court-authorized law enforcement activity,” FBI spokesperson Roseanne Hughes said in a statement. “The FBI cannot provide further comment on an ongoing investigation.”
Cuellar's office issued a statement saying, "Congressman Cuellar will fully cooperate in any investigation. He is committed to ensuring that justice and the law are upheld.”
Valerie Gonzalez, a reporter for MyRGV.com, said that as of 6:45 p.m. Eastern time, FBI agents were "still in an around the home."
"Some more showed up a few moments ago," Gonzalez wrote on Twitter alongside photos of Cuellar's home. "Can’t see what’s happening inside but some agents came outside with a clipboard and camera to snap pics of the two trucks out front."
"Not sure if anyone is home, but the dogs are watching," she added.
Cuellar, a moderate who has represented Texas' 28th district since 2005, is facing a challenge from progressive attorney Jessica Cisneros in this year's primary.
FBI still present at the home of Rep. Henry Cuellar\u2019s in Laredo. https://twitter.com/monitornews/status/1483935090820460544\u00a0\u2026pic.twitter.com/N8rGyZVpNz— Valerie Gonzalez (@Valerie Gonzalez) 1642633851
Former President Donald Trump has lost his final bid to block the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riots from having access to key documents.
In an 8-1 ruling, the Supreme Court ruled that a former president could not invoke executive privilege on White House records if the current president did not also assert that privilege.
"The questions whether and in what circumstances a former president may obtain a court order preventing disclosure of privileged records from his tenure in office, in the face of a determination by the incumbent president to waive the privilege, are unprecedented and raise serious and substantial concerns," the court writes. "The Court of Appeals, however, had no occasion to decide these questions because it analyzed and rejected President Trump's privilege claims 'under any of the tests [he] advocated."
Justice Clarence Thomas was the lone member of the court who dissented from the court's ruling, although he issued no explanation for his dissent.
With the Supreme Court's ruling, the House Select Committee will now obtain all of the documents it has requested that Trump tried to conceal.
As Politico reported last year, the documents requested by the committee include "daily presidential diaries, drafts of election-related speeches, logs of his phone calls, handwritten notes and files of top aides."