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Trump argues Jan. 6 panel’s pursuit of his records could permanently damage the presidency

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Attorneys for former President Donald Trump on Wednesday argued that the pursuit of his White House records by a congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol could have long-lasting, harmful effects on the presidency.

“The [committee’s] clear disdain for President Trump is leading them to a course of action that will result in permanent damage to the institution of the presidency,” the former president’s attorneys wrote in a court brief filed in federal court.

“In reality, their success would gut the protections afforded presidential communications of any just and uniform standard. An incumbent president would always be able to condemn the actions of a former president from a rival party and permit confidentiality to be broken to further political ends,” they wrote.

The filing comes two days after lawyers for the bipartisan Jan. 6 committee urged the appeals court to quickly release Trump’s White House records surrounding the attack on the Capitol.

The appeals court is slated to hear arguments in the case on Tuesday.

Trump is appealing a ruling earlier this month by U.S. District Court Judge Tanya Chutkan, who said the House committee’s pursuit of his records was valid. Trump has claimed executive privilege over his White House records, but President Joe Biden refused to grant privilege over the tranche of documents, including memos, emails, records of White House conversations and visitor logs.

Trump’s attorneys have suggested in briefs that partisanship motivated Biden in his refusal to assert executive privilege over his predecessor’s records.

The appeals court recently granted Trump a short-term reprieve by temporarily blocking the National Archives from turning over his White House files to the Jan. 6 committee.

In addition to seeking those records, the House committee has issued batches of subpoenas in recent weeks to dozens of Trump administration officials and allies of the former president. The committee issued a new round of subpoenas on Monday, targeting high-profile Trump allies like Roger Stone and Alex Jones.

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Polyp removed during Biden’s colonoscopy is ‘benign,’ White House physician says

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WASHINGTON — A polyp removed during President Joe Biden’s colonoscopy last week “is a benign, slow-growing, but thought to be precancerous lesion” for which no more action is required at this time, the White House physician said in a letter released on Wednesday.

The polyp was identified as a “tubular adenoma,” which is similar to one Biden had removed in 2008, Dr. Kevin O’Connor said in the letter, which is dated Tuesday.

He said routine surveillance is recommended and that Biden should have another colonoscopy in seven to 10 years.

Biden briefly transferred power to Vice President Kamala Harris on Friday as he underwent the procedure, making her the first woman to hold the presidential reins in U.S. history.

In addition to the colonoscopy, Biden had a physical exam and O’Connor pronounced on Friday that the president was “healthy” and “vigorous” and fit for duty.

Biden, 79, is the oldest person to take office as U.S. president, leading to high interest in his health and well-being.

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‘Exasperated’ Boris holds late-night talk with Macron after ‘distressing’ migrant tragedy

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BORIS JOHNSON has shared an emergency late-night call with French president Macron after another tragedy happened on the Channel with at least 27 migrants dead including women and children.

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