Thompson Statement on U.S. District Court Opinion

Nov 9, 2021

Bolton, MS—Chairman Bennie G. Thompson (D-MS) this evening issued the following statement on Judge Tanya S. Chutkan’s opinion in the former President’s lawsuit against the Select Committee:

“The Select Committee appreciates the Court’s swift and decisive ruling on the former President’s lawsuit, which I consider little more than an attempt to delay and obstruct our investigation. The presidential records we requested from the National Archives are critical for understanding the terrible events of January 6th. Along our country’s history, the Executive Branch has provided Congress with testimony and information when it has been in the public interest. This evening’s ruling is consistent with that tradition. And in my view, there couldn’t be a more compelling public interest than getting answers about an attack on our democracy. Furthermore, as Judge Chutkan pointed out during oral arguments and in her opinion, in this case, Congress and the Executive Branch are in agreement about that strong public interest. Tonight’s ruling makes clear the Court’s respect for that prerogative. This decision affirms the importance of the Select Committee’s work to get answers for the American people, recommend changes to the law to strengthen our democracy, and help ensure nothing like the attack of January 6th ever happens again. The Select Committee’s investigation is moving forward swiftly and we look forward to receiving these important records from the National Archives.”

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