Trump Rages At Jan 6th Select Committee For Questioning His ‘Mental Stability’
Donald Trump attacked the House Select Committee on the January 6th riots at the United States Capitol building hours after reports indicated that the committee is seeking documents about Trump’s “mental stability.”
In a statement released on Wednesday night via his mouthpiece Liz Harrington, Trump called the committee “leftist” despite the fact that it features Reps. Liz Cheney (R-WY) and Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), two of the ten House Republicans who voted to impeach him for inciting the riots earlier this year.
Trump also vowed to not cooperate with the committee’s requests, although as a private citizen he can be subpoenaed and compelled to testify.
“Unfortunately, this partisan exercise is being performed at the expense of long-standing legal principles of privilege,” Trump whined. “Executive privilege will be defended, not just on behalf of my Administration and the Patriots who worked beside me, but on behalf of the Office of the President of the United States and the future of our Nation.”
Trump flips out because House Committee wants Jan 6th records. Only guilty people flip out.
— Amy Lynn👣❤ (@AmyAThatcher) August 26, 2021
Trump concluded by calling the commission a “pathetic” example of “political theater,” something he knows all too well about after performing his own since 2015.
INBOX: He’s afraid. pic.twitter.com/NJR1szVLML
— Andrew Feinberg (@AndrewFeinberg) August 26, 2021
Executive Privilege does not apply to anyone who no longer holds the Office of the President. The Biden administration has already declined to assert executive privilege over some testimony related to January 6th, telling former Justice Department officials that they were free to provide “unrestricted testimony.” But the administration has not weighed in on whether the committee should have unrestricted access to records and documents from the Trump White House.
The House Select Committee has demanded not just records covering January 6, but also those reaching back as far as April 1, 2020.
To see whether the Trump administration had plans to stay in power regardless of the November election’s outcome.
Odds are they did.
— Laurence Tribe (@tribelaw) August 26, 2021
The document requests from the House Select Committee echo those previously issued by other House Committees in the aftermath of the January 6th riot, while significantly broadening the search to other areas and people inside and outside government. Specifically, the Select Committee is asking for records from the Department of Justice, Department of the Interior, Department of Defense, the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the National Counterterrorism Center, the Department of Homeland Security, and, perhaps most importantly, the National Archives — the custodian of the Trump administration White House records.
Just In: Somebody with grammar and syntax wrote a memo for Trump attacking the "select committee" and implying they (he) would cite executive privilege to block/delay some of the requested documents.
— Duty To Warn 🔉 (@duty2warn) August 26, 2021
The list of targets is long and varied, ranging from information about attempts to either carry out or defy Trump’s orders, invoke the insurrection act, martial law, or the 25th Amendment, as well as for communications regarding members of the Trump White House, campaign, January 5th and January 6th rally organizers, and even alleged members of far-right extremist groups such as the Proud Boys and the Oath Keepers.
— Nancy Levine (@nancylevine) August 26, 2021