Former President Donald Trump on Friday vowed to take “all necessary and appropriate steps” to protect his presidential record from a “very broad” request by the House Committee to Investigate Capital Riots. The steering committee should get the documents.
There is uncertainty about how the court case will end because of the rarity of such battles on the record of former presidents, which are preserved in the National Archives.
Trump wrote A letter The archives stated that the initial installment of the record “possibly in the millions” could not be released to the committee due to legal considerations “including presidential communications, deliberate action, and the lawyer’s client’s privileges.”
Legal action may delay or obstruct the committee’s request.
The Biden White House says a hurricane struck the US capital on January 6 Wild crowd of Trump supporters What disrupted the credentials of the Electoral College is a historically unique event that requires transparency.
White House Press Secretary Jane Sackie said in her daily briefing Friday that “the president has decided that Trump’s claim to executive privileges for the first set of documents is not guaranteed.”
“As we have said before, this will be an ongoing process and this is only the first collection of documents, and we will review the privilege questions on a case-by-case basis.”
“The president has made it clear that he believes this is crucial for both Congress and the American people to have a full understanding of what happened that day and to prevent it from happening again,” Saki said.
Trump spoke to a large crowd near the White House, claiming that shortly before the election was “stolen”, some of his supporters violated the capital and sought out Vice President Mike Pence, about whom He hoped to reject Biden’s choice of key swing states.
One Video analysis The Wall Street Journal found that members of the Proud Boys group played a key role in initiating clashes with police, including helping to break out while Trump was still speaking.
Trump supporter Ashley Babbitt was shot dead. During the disaster And three other Trump supporters died of medical emergencies. U.S. Capital Police Officer Brian Skunk. Died of paralysis After fighting the rioters and several police officers and at least one accused rioters. He later committed suicide.
In a statement Friday, Trump said, “Fundamentalist left-wing Democrats have tried the Russian witch hunt, they have tried false accusations, and now they are once again using Congress to harass their political opponents.” Their petitions are not based on law or reality – it’s just a game for these politicians.
Trump added, “Democrats are addicted to power, but this dangerous attack on our constitution and important legal ideology will not work. The committee’s fake investigation is not about January 6, as it was about Russia’s Hawks.” Instead, it is about the power of the government to silence Trump and our Mac America Great Again Movement, the greatest achievement ever.
In a lengthy analysis of the legal blog Law Fair, Jonathan Shab, a former Justice Department lawyer, wrote this year that the rights of former presidents to documents are uncertain. He wrote about the ambiguous legal area in the context of Trump’s impeachment trial, allegedly for inciting unrest.
“If Trump tries to assert the executive’s prerogative in the upcoming impeachment case and Biden refuses to back it, it will be the first time to my knowledge that a former president has spoken out against Congress, contrary to current aspirations.” The president has tried to emphasize executive privilege. ” He wrote.
“Nothing [court precedent from the case Nixon v. Administrator of General Services] Or another court decision forces a particular outcome when such a conflict exists. Nor are there any Congress-related precedents.
Some of Trump’s aides have indicated they will oppose a House committee call for him.
Former Trump White House strategist Steve Benn, who was not a White House employee at the time of the riots, said he would not comply. Panel request – To tell the committee that it will not reject “criminal contempt of Congress referrals”.
“While the Select Committee welcomes the goodwill involvement of witnesses seeking to assist in our investigation, we will not allow any witnesses to seek legal redressal or termination of the watch, and we have made a congressional referral.” We will consider expediting criminal insults, “said Rep. Benny Thompson (D-Miss.) And Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) In a statement.
I wish Patel, a former aide to Trump and an attorney who worked at the Pentagon during the riots, said in a statement that he was not commenting on what he would do.
“I can confirm that I have sought a timely response. In addition, I will not comment on my confidentiality with the committee.” But I assure you that I will continue to tell the truth and any I will focus on Fight With Cash to help the Americans, which has been censored and misrepresented online. “
Fights over executive privileges in the past have shown the relevance of congressional requests. For example, Trump’s former national security adviser. John Bolton No testimony was ever given in Trump’s first impeachment case because the matter was not immediately reviewed.