The Biden Administration is considering disclosing to Congress information regarding what Trump and his immediate circle were up to on January 6 during the Capitol demonstration.
Trump, on the other hand, has stated that he will invoke “executive privilege” to resist demands from a Democratic-led House select committee.
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In a statement, Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich stated, “The highly politicized, Communist-style’select committee’ has put out an absurdly wide records request that lacks both legal precedent and legislative substance.” “Executive privilege will be upheld, not just for President Trump and his administration, but also for the Office of the President of the United States and our nation’s future.”
According to the Washington Post, the Biden Administration would most certainly release the documents to Congress in order to bother Trump and put him in deeper legal trouble.
According to the Washington Post,
The White House is leaning toward releasing information to Congress about what Donald Trump and his aides were doing during the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol despite the former president’s objections — a decision that could have significant political and legal ramifications.
Trump has said he will cite “executive privilege” to block information requests from the House select committee investigating the events of that day, banking on a legal theory that has successfully allowed presidents and their aides to avoid or delay congressional scrutiny for decades, including during the Trump administration.
But President Biden’s White House plans to err on the side of disclosure given the gravity of the events of Jan. 6, according to two people familiar with discussions who, like others, spoke on the condition of anonymity to describe the private discussions.
In response to the House panel’s request, the National Archives has already identified hundreds of pages of documents from the Trump White House relevant to its inquiry. As required by statute, the material is being turned over to the Biden White House and to Trump’s lawyers for review.
The committee’s Aug. 25 letter to the National Archives was both sweeping and detailed, asking for “all documents and communications within the White House on January 6, 2021, relating in any way” to the events of that day. They include examining whether the White House or Trump allies worked to delay or halt the counting of electoral votes and whether there was discussion of impeding the peaceful transfer of power.
The letter asked for call logs, schedules and meetings for a large group, including Trump’s adult children, son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner and first lady Melania Trump as well as a host of aides and advisers, such as his attorney Rudolph W. Giuliani.
Meanwhile, House Democrats are working on a bill dubbed “Protecting Our Democracy Act” that would allow them to pursue ex-presidents (Trump).
“The bill would limit the president’s pardon power, compel presidential candidates to make their tax returns public, and prolong the deadline for prosecuting previous presidents and vice presidents for federal offenses committed before or during their time in office.” According to NBC News.
Jerrold Nadler, the chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, said on Thursday that once a president leaves office, the statute of limitations will have expired.
“This policy has turned the president into a free pass,” Nadler remarked.
— The Hill (@thehill) September 23, 2021