[COMMENTARY] Trump Plans to Sue to Keep WH Records On Jan 6th Insurrection Secret
What a strange way for an innocent and transparent person to behave.
Donald Trump is preparing to sue to block the release of White House records from his administration to the House select committee scrutinizing the January 6th attack on the Capitol by claiming executive privilege, potentially touching off an extended legal battle over disclosure. Because preventing people from finding out the full truth is what innocent people do to prove how innocent they are.
The plan to prevent the House Select Committee investigators from receiving Trump White House records revolves around exploiting the procedure by which the National Archives allows both the Biden administration and Trump to review materials for executive privilege claims. Trump can’t technically claim the privilege of an office he no longer holds–only President Joe Biden can claim it, and he’s not relinquishing that power any time soon. The former guy also expects top aides – former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino, strategist Steve Bannon and defense department aide Kash Patel – to defy select committee subpoenas for records and testimony.
1/ Now, let me take a moment to note something for the 1/6 committee.
Each one of these Trump mooks will resist the subpoenas. Each one of them will demand to testify in private. Each one with make spurious claims of executive privilege. Each one of them will lie and lie.
— Rick Wilson (@TheRickWilson) September 23, 2021
As President, Joe Biden retains the final authority over whether to assert the protection for specific documents, meaning that he can instruct the White House counsel, Dana Remus, to allow their release even over Trump’s objections after an additional 60 days has passed. And it’s been made clear that the Current Guy won’t be giving the Former Guy that much leeway.
BREAKING — JEN PSAKI says Biden will NOT invoke executive privilege on Trump's behalf and will not SHIELD
his JAN 6 RECORDS.
SHOULD BIDEN RELEASE TRUMP’S RECORDS? pic.twitter.com/5vaddRwony
— CALL TO ACTIVISM (@CalltoActivism) September 25, 2021
But that won’t stop Trump from trying, Grinch-like, to stop the subpoenas from coming. He can file lawsuits to block the release – a legal strategy that Trump and his advisers are preparing to pursue insofar as it could tie up the records in court for months and suppress evidence-gathering efforts made by the Select Committee.
BREAKING: President Biden announces he will NOT be invoking Executive Privilege to shield Trump’s records from scrutiny as the Jan. 6 investigation heats up. RT IF YOU SUPPORT BIDEN EXPOSING TRUMP’S DIRTY LAUNDRY!
— Occupy Democrats (@OccupyDemocrats) September 24, 2021
It was not immediately clear how Trump would approach such legal challenges, and whether it would, for instance, involve individual suits against the release of specific records.