According to a new report in USA Today, court records reveal the documents that Donald Trump and his White House officials most want to keep hidden from the House Select Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol insurrection.
Trump has falsely claimed executive privilege over 39 pages from the 136 pages of documents that were set to be released Friday by the National Archives and Records Administration, and those documents include handwritten notes about January 6th, appointments for White House visitors, and switchboard logs that show calls between Trump and former vice president Mike Pence.
A federal appeals court temporarily delayed the release of those documents to allow Trump’s challenge to play out, and oral arguments are set for Nov. 30, but the former president’s filings reveal the contours of what congressional investigators want to see.
What if we try telling the DOJ that Trump and all those involved in Jan. 6th had weapons of mass destruction? That usually seems to work.
— Jesus Fucking Christ 🌈 (@SHEsus__Christ) November 15, 2021
“These records all relate to the events on or about January 6, and may assist the Select Committee’s investigation into that day, including what was occurring at the White House immediately before, during and after the January 6 attack,” wrote Justice Department lawyers in a court filing for the National Archives and archivist David Ferriero.
The Jan 6th Committee terrifies Trump because he's insecure. He believes key people might roll on him. He believes it for two reasons. First, he cannot judge people. People are things. To serve him. Appendages. Second, he cannot fathom positive traits like loyalty. He has none.
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) November 14, 2021
“Of the 763 pages in which Trump asserted privilege, 629 are talking points prepared for the press secretary and 43 include presidential schedules, appointments, activity logs, call logs, among other documents, according to the filing from the National Archives,” USA Today reported. “The National Archives identified nearly 1,600 pages of records that fit the committee’s request, with thousands more yet to be reviewed, according to the agency. Trump sought to keep nearly half the pages confidential, but the Justice Department replied that they are crucial to the investigation.”
Don’t forget this: They’re all lying. That’s how they thrive. Trump, Bannon, Hannity, Jordan, Carlson, most Republicans & conservative talkers, it’s all a lie. It’s all a grift. About the 2020 election, about Jan 6th. They do it to rile up their voters & rile up their audience.
— Joe Walsh (@WalshFreedom) November 12, 2021
The Committee has asked for any records, including calendar entries, videos, or photographs, related to January 6th and coordinated efforts to delay the certification of the electoral vote, and the requests cover Trump’s public statements about the 2020 election and its validity. The records have been divided into four installments, with the first batch scheduled to be released at the end of last week, and the second and third batches set for November 26th, with the fourth still under review.
It took Trump six attempts to send out his ‘go home, we love you’ video on Jan. 6th. Can u imagine being the guy who filmed the first five takes that were unusable: ‘Sir, let’s do it again but this time please don’t ask if they hanged Pence yet?’
— NoelCaslerComedy (@caslernoel) November 10, 2021