The White House on Friday, Sept. 24, said that Joe Biden would not keep records of former president Donald Trump from Jan. 6 investigators, viewing it as inappropriate.
According to Politico, the Jan. 6 Select Committee was looking to study Trump and his aides’ activities during the insurrection event. However, the former president said he would cite executive privilege to prevent the subpoenas of his contact surrounding the event.
While the privilege has previously shielded former administrations from congressional scrutiny, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the ultimate power was in the hands of Biden, who did not intend to grant Trump such protection.
“We take this matter incredibly seriously,” she said at the daily briefing, according to the Washington Examiner. “The president has already concluded that it would not be appropriate to assert executive privilege, and so we will respond promptly to these questions as they arise, and certainly, as they come up from Congress.”
While it had become a custom for present commanders-in-chief to protect their predecessor’s profile from public requests, Paski viewed the Jan. 6 event justifies transparency, calling it a “dark day in our democracy.”
In a softer tone, she noted that Biden would try not to misuse executive privilege based on principle.
“It’s an eye to not exerting executive privilege,” she said. “Some of this is predicting what we don’t know yet, but that is certainly his overarching view.”
In a statement filed on Thursday about his will to fight the subpoenas requested by the Jan. 6 Select Committee, Trump derided the dedicated pursuit against him over the January Capitol breach whilst other issues such as Antifa and MLB are ignored.
“We will fight the Subpoenas on Executive Privilege and other grounds, for the good of our Country,” Trump declared, “while we wait to find out whether or not Subpoenas will be sent out to Antifa and BLM for the death and destruction they have caused in tearing apart our Democrat-run cities throughout America.”
With Biden open to let the panel view the Trump administration’s records, the panel’s job should be made simpler. Nonetheless, Trump may still be able to launch a court challenge to the committee’s request for his files from the National Archives.
According to Politico, the House panel has filed a 10-page document request to the National Archives for records of Trump aides and family members in the White House on Jan. 6.
It also requests details on his activities for that day and any messages from the White House Situation Room.
As the law demands, the hundreds of pages of pertinent records located by the National Archives will be delivered to Biden and Trump’s attorneys.