Biden decides it would be inappropriate to assert executive privilege in January 6 investigation

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“We take this matter incredibly seriously,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in Friday’s press briefing. “The President has already concluded that it would not be appropriate to claim executive privilege.”

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“We will answer these questions immediately,” Saki said. “And of course as they come from Congress and of course we are working closely with Congress committees and others as they are working to get to the bottom of what happened on January 6th, our democracy. In an incredibly dark day.”

Later, Psaki said Biden was “looking toward not claiming executive privilege,” but that those requests would be evaluated on a case-by-case basis.


The White House later attempted to clarify Psaki’s initial remarks about executive privilege being unfair. They say that Saki was referring to the administration’s previous decision not to claim executive privilege in the committee’s attempt to testify about the committee’s attempt to oust then-acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen. needed.

“The administration strongly believes in the important role this committee is playing and will continue to work closely as we go forward. Jane was referring to the administration’s previous decision not to claim executive privilege in the case of some former DOJ officials.” those who were called to testify before Congress,” said an administration official. “As Jane noted, the administration is on a case-by-case basis without any future lapses of executive privilege associated with documents and testimony. will determine the question.”

Late last month, Trump threatened to invoke executive privilege in an effort to prevent the House Select Committee investigating the Capitol riots from receiving a large tranche of documents sought from several US government agencies, despite his The successor may or may not have the information. be shared.
The House Select Committee has launched a comprehensive inquiry on 6 January. As part of it, the panel has sent requests for information to a number of federal agencies, including the National Archives, the custodian of the Trump administration White House records.
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The committee called for “all documents and communications within the White House” that day, including call logs, schedules and meetings with top officials and outside advisers, including Rudy Giuliani.

The committee issued its first round of summons on Thursday, targeting Trump’s close aides and allies.

The four summonses are going to former Trump White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino, former advisers Steve Bannon and Kash Patel, former chief of staff to then-acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, who also served Was. An aide to Republican Representative Devin Nunes.

All four former Trump employees were part of a larger records request that the committee sent to government agencies last month.

The White House said Thursday that it is taking steps to release information to the committee about what Trump and his aides were up to that day, a decision that is likely to set off a legal battle with the former president.

White House spokesman Michael Gwynn said, “As President Biden has said, the events of January 6 were a dark blot on our nation’s history, and they represent a sort of attack on our Constitution and the very foundations of democracy. ” In a statement to Granthshala.

“The president is deeply committed to ensuring that nothing like this can ever happen again and he supports a thorough investigation into what happened,” Gwynn said. “That’s why his administration has been involved in matters related to January 6 with the Congress for the past several months and will continue to do so, including on the select committee.”

This story has been updated with comment from the White House.

Granthshala’s Ryan Nobles, Annie Grier, Jeff Zeleny and Evan Perez contributed to this report.


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