Pro-Trump protesters inside the US Capitol building
Pro-Trump protesters inside the US Capitol building Reuters/Michael Nigro/Sipa USA

A US federal judge has ruled that a congressional committee investigating the deadly January 6 attack on the US Capitol can access some of former President Donald Trump's White House records, Reuters reported on Tuesday.

According to the report, US District Judge Tanya Chutkan in the District of Columbia rejected an argument by Trump's lawyers that telephone records, visitor logs and other White House documents should be kept from the committee.

Trump argued that the materials requested by the House of Representatives committee were covered by a legal doctrine known as executive privilege that protects the confidentiality of some White House communications.

He requested an injunction blocking the National Archives, a federal agency that holds his White House records, from complying with the committee's document requests.

In May, the US House of Representatives passed a bill to form a commission to probe the January 6 attack on the Capitol. The bill was approved in a 252-175 vote, with 35 Republicans joining all Democrats in support.

Two days later, however, Senate Republicans blocked the legislation. Senators voted 54-35 on the House-passed bill, falling short of the 10 GOP votes needed to get it over an initial hurdle.

Without any pathway forward in the Senate, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she would use her power to pursue a select committee in the House that will be controlled by Democrats.

The committee on Monday issued subpoenas to top aides of former President Donald Trump who are accused of plotting to overturn his defeat in a "war room" at a luxury Washington hotel.

The committee previously summoned four Trump allies, including his former aide Steve Bannon, former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino and Kash Patel, a former chief of staff to then-acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller who had also served as an aide to Republican Rep. Devin Nunes.

In late October, the House of Representatives voted to hold Bannon in contempt of Congress for defying the subpoena.