Stamford Advocate

Biden won’t invoke privilege on Trump docs


President Joe Biden will not block a tranche of documents sought by a House committee’s investigat­ion into the Jan. 6 insurrecti­on at the U.S. Capitol, setting up a showdown with former President Donald Trump, who has pledged to try to keep records from his time in the White House from being turned over to investigat­ors.

In a letter to the Archivist of the United States, White House counsel Dana Remus writes that Biden has determined that invoking executive privilege “is not in the best interests of the United States.” This comes days after Trump lawyers sought to block the testimony of former Trump officials to the House committee citing executive privilege. On Friday, a lawyer for Steve Bannon said the former White House aide won’t comply with the House committee’s investigat­ion because of Trump’s claim.

In August, the House committee investigat­ing the January insurrecti­on at the Capitol asked for a trove of records, including communicat­ion within the White House under Trump and informatio­n about planning and funding for rallies held in Washington. Among those events was a rally near the White House featuring remarks by Trump, who egged on a crowd of thousands before loyalists stormed the Capitol.

In the letter, Remus writes that the documents reviewed “shed light on events within the White House on and about January 6 and bear on the Select Committee’s need to understand the facts underlying the most serious attack on the operations of the Federal Government since the Civil War.”

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