Democrat-appointed appellate panel pauses release of Trump White House records ahead of Friday deadline

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Three judges for the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit, all of whom were appointed by Democrats, issued the temporary injunction in response to Trump’s last-ditch effort ahead of a Friday deadline to turn over an initial batch of 46 records, including White House call logs, visitor logs, drafts of speeches and three handwritten memos from Trump’s then-chief of staff, Mark Meadows.

Judges Patricia Millett and Robert Wilkins, both Obama appointees, and Ketanji Brown Jackson, a Biden appointee, sit on the appellate panel considering Trump’s request. Jackson, perhaps most known for her 2019 opinion ruling that former Trump White House counsel Don McGahn must comply with a congressional subpoena concerning Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, is considered a top pick for the Supreme Court should there be an opening during President Joe Biden’s term.

The three-judge panel asked lawyers for Trump, Congress and the Biden administration…

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