President Joe Biden has authorized the release of another portion of records from Donald Trump’s administration to the January 6th House Select Committee, according to a government letter released on Wednesday.
In the letter, U.S. National Archivist David Ferriero said President Biden had declined to use Executive Privilege to keep Trump’s records confidential, while also touching on the President’s earlier statements that it is in the country’s best interests for Congress to obtain Trump White House records relating to the events of January 6, 2021.
The U.S. National Archives, the federal agency that maintains presidential records, has already turned over hundreds of pages of documents to the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th attack, and will deliver the latest batch of records to the committee on April 28th. Ferriero’s letter doesn’t say what types of records would be transmitted, but the House Select Committee has previously obtained speech drafts, call and visitor logs, handwritten notes, and other files.
NEW: Letters released today authorize the National Archives to hand over a new tranche of Trump White House documents to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6. Story TK.https://t.co/j4Y4DPIq5l
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The House Select Committee has said it needs the records to understand any role Trump may have played in fomenting the violence that unfolded on January 6th, when his supporters stormed the Capitol in a failed bid to prevent Congress from certifying Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential election victory. Trump and his allies have waged an ongoing legal battle seeking to block access to documents and witnesses. Trump sought to invoke executive privilege, which protects the confidentially of some internal White House communications, but was denied by President Biden.
The U.S. Supreme Court had also rejected a request by Trump in January to block the release of a previous tranche of White House records requested by the January 6th Committee. Only one of the court’s nine members, conservative Justice Clarence Thomas, publicly noted disagreement with the decision. His vote is now being scrutinized as his wife, Ginni Thomas, was found to be in touch with Trump’s Chief of Staff, Mark Meadows, via text message in the weeks leading up to events at the Capitol.