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Biden declines Trump request to withhold White House records from Jan. 6 committee
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: October 08, 2021 03:14PM
Biden declines Trump request to withhold White House records from Jan. 6 committee

WASHINGTON — The White House on Friday formally blocked an attempt by former President Donald Trump to withhold documents from Congress related to the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, setting up a legal showdown between the current and former presidents over executive privilege.

In a letter to the National Archives obtained by NBC News, White House Counsel Dana Remus rejected an attempt by Trump’s attorneys to withhold documents requested by the House Select Committee regarding the then-president’s activities on Jan. 6, writing that “President Biden has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interests of the United States, and therefore is not justified as to any of the documents.”

“These are unique and extraordinary circumstances,” Remus added. “Congress is examining an assault on our Constitution and democratic institutions provoked and fanned by those sworn to protect them, and the conduct under investigation extends far beyond typical deliberations concerning the proper discharge of the President’s constitutional responsibilities. The constitutional protections of executive privilege should not be used to shield, from Congress or the public, information that reflects a clear and apparent effort to subvert the Constitution itself.”

The White House now is authorizing the National Archives to turn over an initial batch of documents that fell under a broad category requested by the committee, covering Trump’s actions and communications on Jan. 6, including his rally at The Ellipse on White House grounds, and subsequent meetings and communications throughout the day.

That request sought everything from Twitter messages, phone and visitor logs, and any videos and photos of events he participated in. It also included documents and communications related to then-Vice President Mike Pence’s movements and security, and broadly any other documents referring to the rally at The Ellipse and the subsequent violent riot at the Capitol, as well as to planning around the ceremonial event of counting of electoral votes during a joint session of Congress.
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Re: Biden declines Trump request to withhold White House records from Jan. 6 committee
Posted by: pdq
Date: October 08, 2021 04:14PM
Good for him.

I know that this blade can cut both ways - no doubt the next time the Repubs have subpoena power in Congress, we can expect them to ask for everything down to the dinner menus of a Dem chief executive over some Faux News hyped-up faux scandal.

Somehow though, I don’t see Biden fomenting an insurrection against Congress or anything that comes close to that any time soon.
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