Donald Trump Is Fighting Hard To Keep Capitol Riot Records Secret
Some right-wing politicians and media figures have tried to cast blame on antifa or the FBI for the attack carried out in January. However, one fact looms large in a determination of whether it’s a red herring or a sincere concern: Republicans (including Donald Trump) keep fighting to prevent deeper investigation into the events of January 6th.
Now, Trump himself is expected to make a major move to slow or even halt the process. Trump, who spent his entire campaign and presidency fighting to keep his own records (tax records) out of the hands of Congress and prosecutors, seems to have plans of using the same tactics on January 6th documents.
White House documents pertaining to that day are in the National Archive, and Joe Biden has promised to release the relevant information to Congress. This doesn’t seem to have gone over well with Trump, who reportedly watched the attack on television in the White House, spoke to Republican Members of Congress on the phone, and finally had to be pressured into asking the attackers to leave.
The Guardian now reports that the former president plans to sue to stop Biden from releasing documentation to the Congressional committee. Trump might not, ultimately, win the legal challenge, but could still use the court system to stall the process, putting the investigation on hold for months — or longer.
According to Bloomberg, the Congressional Committee has requested records from a number of departments and entities, including the White House, the National Archives, the Justice Department, and intelligence agencies. Individuals connected to Trump are also beginning to report receiving information about imminent subpoenas.