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Federal appeals court pauses release of Trump White House records ahead of Friday deadline

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The US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit set oral arguments for a hearing on November 30. Judges Patricia Millett and Robert Wilkins, both Obama appointees, and Ketanji Brown Jackson, a Biden appointee, sat on the appellate panel considering Trump’s request.

“The purpose of this administrative injunction is to protect the court’s jurisdiction to address appellant’s claims of executive privilege and should not be construed in any way as a ruling on the merits,” the panel wrote in a brief two-page order.

The filing by the former President had been a last-ditch effort ahead of a Friday 6 p.m. ET deadline for the House panel to receive 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.

In total, more than 700 documents from Trump’s presidency had been expected to be turned over by the National Archives to the committee in the coming weeks.

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