Trump lashes out after Biden rejects appeal to withhold Capitol riot records

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After the White House denied Donald Trump’s request to withdraw documents from the Congressional Committee investigating the Capitol riots, the former president accused Democrats of being “drunk of power” and suggested he delay his release. Will take legal action to stop it.

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“Democrats are drunk with power, but this dangerous attack on our Constitution and vital legal precedent will not work,” he said in a statement on October 8.

He accused the House Select Committee of leading a “fake investigation” of using the government’s power to silence “Trump” and our Make America Great Again movement, the greatest achievement of all time.

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In a letter to David Ferreiro, who serves as records custodian at the National Archives and Records Administration, White House Counsel Dana Remus informed Mr. Ferreiro that President Joe Biden requested to withhold the release of the documents. Trump’s request to exercise his executive privilege. by committee.

According to the letter, the president has “determined that a claim to executive privilege is not in the best interest of the United States.”

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“Congress is investigating the attack on our Constitution and the democratic institutions that they have been sworn to protect, and the conduct under investigation comes from specific deliberations relating to the proper discharge of the President’s constitutional responsibilities,” the letter said. far more.”

Mr Trump has sought to declare blanket executive privileges, despite the fact that he has not been in the White House since 20 January 2021. It appears that the former president’s strategy is to slow down the process in hopes of taking back Republican Congress in 2023.

In a letter to the National Archives on October 8, Mr Trump said whether the committee would continue to seek records from the Trump administration, “I will take all necessary and reasonable steps to protect the office of the presidency.”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Friday that the January 6 attack on the Capitol presented a “crisis of existence and a test of the survival of our democracy.”

Saki said the attack, due to the former president’s persistent false narrative that the results of the 2020 presidential election were “rigged” against him, was “a unique attack on the foundations of our democracy”.

“The president is dedicated to making sure something like this never happens again, which is why the administration is cooperating with the ongoing investigation,” she said.

In its first wave of document requests, the committee sought comprehensive records from Trump-era agencies and officials, including call logs, phone records, meeting memos and visitor records from more than 30 former White House employees, cabinet officials and aides. .

Its request also sought information related to Trump’s efforts to undermine or obstruct the Electoral College’s count, and possible attempts to invoke the Insurrection Act, martial law or the 25th Amendment to nullify the election. and invalidate the votes of millions of Americans.

The committee also called for a discussion of communications and documents relating to election-related protests and rallies and efforts to challenge Mr. Trump’s election conspiracy theories and outcome.

Credit: www.independent.co.uk / Donald Trump

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