Trump has said he will mention “executive privilege” to obstruct information demands from the House select committee probe the events of that day, banking on a legal theory that has strongly allowed presidents and their aides to avoid or delay congressional scrutiny for decades, including during the Trump administration.
The Washington Post reported Thursday that the White House wants to fail on the side of disclosure, according to two unnamed sources, and deliver data to the House select committee that is investigating the events of January 6.
Trump has said he will challenge "executive privilege" to block calls from Congress for information about the insurrection.
"The highly partisan, Communist-style 'select committee' has put forth an outrageously broad records request that lacks both legal precedent and legislative merit," Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich told The Post. "Executive privilege will be defended, not just on behalf of President Trump and his administration, but also on behalf of the Office of the President of the United States and the future of our nation."
White House spokesman Michael Gwin told The Post that Biden views the January 6 attack as a "dark stain on our country's history." Biden is "deeply committed to ensuring that something like that can never happen again, and he supports a thorough investigation," Gwin said.
"It's not really relevant because there's no president involved - there's no such thing as a former president's executive privilege," Rep. Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, told The Post.
"That's extremely dilute and not really relevant," Raskin added. Raskin teaches constitutional law.
The House select committee - which House Speaker Nancy Pelosi assembled after Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell tanked a bill that would have produced a 9/11-style bipartisan commitment to prob 1/6 - asked the National Archives on August 25 for "all documents and communications within the White House on January 6, 2021, relating in any way" to the Capitol attack.
Included in the request were call logs, schedules and meetings for Trump, droves of White House staffers, Trump's adult children - who arrived alongside him at the "Save America" demonstration on the morning of January 6 - and advisers and allies including Rudy Giuliani, Roger Stone, Steve Bannon and Michael Flynn.