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As we’ve said before. the closest Trump has to a redeeming value is his routine public humiliation of his most obsequious lickspittles. But Republican elites — or at least the ones who don’t have to stand for election — can play the same game now that they have an entrenched Supreme Court supermajority:

In a rebuff to former President Donald Trump, the Supreme Court is allowing the release of presidential documents sought by the congressional committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection.

The justices on Wednesday rejected a bid by Trump to withhold the documents from the committee until the issue is finally resolved by the courts. Trump’s lawyers had hoped to prolong the court fight and keep the documents on hold.

Following the high court’s action, there is no legal impediment to turning over the documents, which are held by the National Archives and Records Administration. They include presidential diaries, visitor logs, speech drafts and handwritten notes dealing with Jan. 6 from the files of former chief of staff Mark Meadows.

The committee already has begun to receive records Trump wanted kept secret, said Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., the committee chairman and vice chairwoman, respectively.

Thomas was the only public dissenter. Kavanaugh did write an opinion suggesting that executive privilege still applies to Trump even if waived by the current president. And the impact could be pretty significant:

The documents that the Jan. 6 committee will now receive should be extremely revelatory. They include early drafts of statements that Trump gave that day that failed to quell the violence as lawmakers begged him for support, a draft executive order on election integrity, and handwritten notes concerning the events of Jan. 6 from Meadows himself.

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