The White House approved former President Donald Trump’s motion to exercise executive privileges and avoid the delivery of a number of documents approved by the House of Representatives Committee to Investigate the April 6 attack on the Capitol.
Dana Remus, a White House adviser, has sent a letter to the National Archives stating that the President, Joe Biden, “has reviewed the former President’s application” and that “additional consultations” have been held with the Justice Department on the situation to address.
“For the same reasons set out in my previous letter, the President maintains his conclusion that the request for executive privilege is not in the interests of the United States and therefore not in any of the documents submitted to the White House. on September 8, 2021, “he explained.
For example, in his letter published by the White House on its website, he emphasized that “Biden has not ratified the former president’s request for privilege” and said that there is an order for the National Archives, “the pages to the Select Committee, which identified as privileged by the former president.
“Given the urgency of the special committee’s information needs, the president orders that these pages be delivered within 30 days of notification to the former president, regardless of a court order,” said Remus.
Biden’s rejection of Trump’s motion was confirmed Friday by White House spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki, although it has now been made official with the publication of Remus’ letter to the National Archives.
The committee has launched a full investigation into the attack on the Capitol, carried out by Trump supporters in an attempt to halt the confirmation of Biden’s election victory, which killed five people, including requests for documents from various federal agencies, including the National Archives, and “all documents and notices in the White House” that day.
In that regard, the committee has requested documents from Jeffrey Clark, a former senior Justice Department official who the agency said was involved in the then-President’s attempts to question the validity of the results of the 2020 election investigation.
“The special committee needs to understand all the details of efforts within the previous administration to delay certification of the 2020 election and reinforce misinformation about election results,” said committee chairman Bennie Thompson.
“We need to understand Clark’s role in this Justice Department effort and who was involved in the administration,” he said, explaining that Clark had suggested the option to ask Georgia Congressmen to postpone certification of the results that state, according to the American television station CBS.
The committee is also examining the role of Donald Trump himself and several of his aides and advisers during the attack. After the riot, the social network Twitter decided to block Trump’s account with more than 80 million followers after the president repeatedly assured that the elections had been rigged, an allegation that has been refuted several times.