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US court rejects bid by Trump to block riot papers******
A US federal judge rejected former President Donald Trump's request to block the release of documents to the House committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot.。
In denying a preliminary injunction, US District Judge Tanya Chutkan said on Tuesday that Congress had a strong public interest in obtaining records that could shed light on a violent insurrection mounted by the former president's supporters. She added that President Joe Biden had the authority to waive executive privilege over the documents despite Trump's assertions otherwise.。
Barring a court order, the National Archives plans to turn over Trump's records to the committee by tomorrow. But Trump's lawyers swiftly promised an appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The case will likely eventually head to the US Supreme Court.。
"At bottom, this is a dispute between a former and incumbent President," Chutkan wrote. "And the Supreme Court has already made clear that in such circumstances, the incumbent's view is accorded greater weight."
Trump "does not acknowledge the deference owed" to Biden's judgment as the current president, Chutkan said. She noted examples of past presidents declining to assert executive privilege and rejected what she said was Trump's claim that executive privilege "exists in perpetuity."
"Presidents are not kings, and Plaintiff is not President," she said.。
According to an earlier court filing from the archives, the records include call logs, drafts of remarks and speeches and handwritten notes from Trump's then-chief of staff, Mark Meadows. There are also copies of talking points from then-press secretary Kayleigh McEnany and "a draft Executive Order on the topic of election integrity," the National Archives has said.。
Democratic House member from Mississippi Bennie Thompson, who chairs the House committee, said in a statement after the ruling that the records are crucial for understanding the attack and "in my view, there couldn't be a more compelling public interest than getting answers about an attack on our democracy."
On CNN, Thompson said Trump should stop behaving like a "spoiled brat."
The nine-member House committee is investigating not just Trump's conduct on January 6 – when he told a rally to "fight like hell" shortly before rioters overran law enforcement – but his efforts in the months before the riot to challenge election results or obstruct a peaceful transfer of power. The committee has interviewed more than 150 witnesses and issued more than 30 subpoenas, including ones announced on Tuesday to McEnany and former top adviser Stephen Miller. It is unclear, so far, whether the lawmakers will eventually call Trump to testify.。
Trump has repeatedly attacked the committee's work and continued to promote unfounded conspiracy theories about widespread fraud in the election, despite the fact that Biden's win was certified by all 50 states and his claims have been rebuked by courts across the country.。
In suing to block the National Archives from turning over documents, Trump called the House panel's request a "vexatious, illegal fishing expedition" that was "untethered from any legitimate legislative purpose."
How the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics benefit the people******
As the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics are around the corner, China has made efforts to ensure residents feel the benefits of the Games and enjoy the time the Games are in session.。
Employees of Yanqing converter station of the State Grid Beijing Electric Power Company inspect the power transmission equipment in Zhangbei county, Zhangjiakou, North China’s Hebei province on Sept 25, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]。
Using green electricity。
The world's first flexible DC power grid project from Zhangbei to Beijing was fully put into operation in June 2020. All the venues of the Winter Olympics are 100 percent green for the first time in the history of the Olympics.。
This also means green electricity will be delivered to tens of millions of Beijing residents. This will provide clean energy and drastically reduce carbon emissions.。
The National Speed Skating Oval in downtown Beijing. [Photo/Xinhua]。
The preparations for the Winter Olympic Games are in the sprinting stage, and that includes preferential tax policies.。
Compared with the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympic Games, the tax policies for the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympic Games have many special features. For example, there was no water resource tax relief in the 2008 Olympics, because the Winter Olympic Games are carrying out two major projects with ice and snow.。
Players compete during an ice hockey test program at National Indoor Stadium in Beijing, April 2, 2021. [Photo/Xinhua]。
"Ice and snow benefiting people" in Beijing and Hebei。
The Capital Indoor Stadium was opened to the public recently, with a free skating area and public classes taught by many world champions. At the same time, the Capital Indoor Stadium proposed an "Ice and snow benefiting people" program, guaranteeing the country's skating rinks will be open to the public for free at least one day per month. 33 stadiums in Beijing and Hebei have joined the program so far.。
Even more sporting areas。
About 90,000 square meters of additional sporting areas have been opened to the public along the Winter Olympic line. The overall progress of the project has been 80 percent completed, and it is planned to be fully finished by the end of December.。
A green park has been built for residents, and there are other sports areas such as a basketball court, a football court and table tennis court under construction that will be officially put into use next year.。