President Joe Biden will not block documents requested by the House Committee investigating the January 6 uprising and attacks on the Houses of Congress. This would spark a confrontation with former president Trump, who is determined to prevent records from his tenure in the White House from being handed over to investigators.
In a letter to the American Archivist, White House attorney Dana Remus wrote that Biden ruled that exercising “executive privilege” was not in America’s best interests.
The remarks come days after Trump’s lawyers attempted to block testimony from a former Trump official before a House committee, and he cited executive privilege as the reason.
On Friday, the attorney for Steve Bannon said the former White House aide would not comply with the House investigation because of the claims made by Trump.
The House committee investigating the January attack on the Capitol in August has asked for records, including communications at the White House under Trump and information about planning and funding of protests held in Washington.
The rally took place near the White House where Trump delivered a speech and incited a crowd of thousands before his loyal supporters attacked the Capitol.
In the letter Remus wrote that the documents reviewed “give clarity to events at the White House on and around January 6, and meet the committee’s need to understand the facts underlying the most serious attack on the federal government since the civil war.” [jm/em]