Nine months since he left office, Donald Trump is still working to obstruct congressional oversight and to dodge accountability for the violence of Jan. 6.
His latest bid has been to sue the National Archives and the House committee investigating the riot to block the release of related White House records. On Thursday, the House voted to find former White House strategist Steve Bannon in contempt of Congress for refusing to cooperate with the committee’s investigation, as directed by Trump and Trump’s attorney. The finding is now referred to the Justice Department for potential criminal prosecution.
Over the past week, American Oversight filed three lawsuits against several federal agencies over their failure to release records from the days surrounding Jan. 6. Among the records sought:
The Jan. 6 attack isn’t the only consequence of the Big Lie that Trump allies are trying to shield from public scrutiny — namely, the problematic election reviews that have been undertaken in multiple states:
On Monday, American Oversight filed its second lawsuit for records from Wisconsin’s election investigation, this one against Vos, who has failed to release related communications as well as documents that could shed light on the probe’s operations and management.
On Thursday, American Oversight obtained records from Fulton County regarding a problematic “audit” that was conducted on Dec. 31, 2020. It was first reported on in the spring, and was an early example of the kind of conspiracy-driven election reviews that have since taken off across the country.
We’ve also been investigating the “forensic audit” of four counties, announced earlier this month by the Texas secretary of state’s office.
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