Donald Trump on Friday night lashed out at President Joe Biden after the White House refused to exert executive privilege over documents being sought by the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 insurrection.
“Biden has rejected our request to withhold White House information from the House Unselect Committee investigating the January 6th protest, but has not taken a stance on the insurrection that took place on November 3rd, often referred to as the Crime of the Century,” Trump said.
As reported by Raw Story, the former president is “seeking to assert executive privilege to prevent documents relating to January 6 from being handed over to the select committee by the National Archives.”
However, the White House on Friday informed the National Archives that it would not assert executive privilege on an initial batch of documents related to the January 6 violence at the US Capitol, paving the way for the Archives to share documents with the House committee.
“These are unique and extraordinary circumstances. Congress is examining an assault on our Constitution and democratic institutions provoked and fanned by those sworn to protect them, and the conduct under investigation extends far beyond typical deliberations concerning the proper discharge of the President’s constitutional responsibilities. The constitutional protections of executive privilege should not be used to shield, from Congress or the public, information that reflects a clear and apparent effort to subvert the Constitution itself,” White House Counsel Dana Remus told NBC News.
The House panel investigating the Capitol attack issued a request in August for records related to the attempt by Trump supporters to block the certification by Congress of Biden’s November election victory.
Among the records and documents being sought are communications from Trump, members of his family, his top aides, his lawyers and dozens of other former members of his administration.
After slamming Biden’s decision, Trump predicted that Biden’s decision would backfire as he attacked Biden’s son, Hunter.
“This will put the current White House in a terrible position when the inevitable request for information comes concerning the massive corruption by Hunter Biden and the already well-documented crimes committed by the Biden family, the least of which are Hunter’s paintings selling for as much as $500,000 a piece,” Trump said in his statement.
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