Former President Donald Trump on Friday vowed to “take necessary and appropriate action” to protect his government records from a “very serious” request from the House of Representatives to investigate the Capitol’s violence – creating a possible war in court after President Biden said Democrat -led committee should take documents.
There is uncertainty as to how the court case would end with the lack of such a dispute over the records of former presidents, kept by the National Archives.
Mr. Trump wrote a letter to Archives that the first part of the record “could be numbered in the millions” could not be released to the committee for legal protection “including but not limited to presidential consultation, reasoning, and attorney-client privileges.”
A legal battle could delay or delay the committee’s request.
Biden White House says the January 6 burglary of the US Capitol by a wild mob of Trump supporters who disrupted the announcement of the results of the Electoral College is a unique event in history that needs to be clarified.
“The president has decided that the strengthening of the judiciary is not worth the initial set of documents from Trump White House that has been submitted by the National Archives,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said Friday at her daily meeting.
“As we have already said, this will be an ongoing event and this is just the first article, and we will explore the questions of privilege on another issue.”
Psaki added, “The president also made it clear that he believes it is very important that Congress and the American people fully understand the day’s events so that they do not happen again.”
Mr Trump spoke to a large crowd near the White House and said the election had been “stolen” soon after some of his supporters violated the Capitol and sought Vice President Mike Pence, whom they hoped would keep Biden voters from key constituencies.
A video review by the Wall Street Journal revealed that members of the Proud Boys team were key players in the initial police crackdown, including helping to drop the outside space while Mr. Trump was still speaking.
Trump supporter Ashli Babbitt was shot dead during the riots and three other Trump supporters died in a medical crisis. U.S. Police Officer Capitol, Brian Sicknick died of a stroke after fighting with prosecutors and several police officers and one convicted felon who died by suicide.
In a statement Friday, Trump said, “The Radical Left Democrats have tried the RUSSIA Witch Hunt, tried falsehoods, and are now trying to use Congress to persecute political opponents.
Trump added, “Democrats are intoxicated with power, but the worst attacks on our law and fundamental laws will not work. , such a dramatic event. ”
In a lengthy review of the legal blog Lawfare, former Office of the Legal Department Attorney Jonathan Shaub wrote this year that the rights of former presidents over documents are uncertain. He wrote about the unsettled legal status in the Trump administration case on charges of inciting violence.
“If Mr. Trump tries to give a chance to rule in the coming court and Biden refuses to retaliate, it will be the first time, in my opinion, that the former president has tried to give rights to Congress against the current president’s wishes,” he wrote.
“Nothing inside [court precedent from the case Nixon v. Administrator of General Services] if any other judicial decision compels another outcome if such a dispute exists. And there are no proper conditions for a meeting. ”
Some of Trump’s supporters have also indicated they will fight attempts by the House committee to control them.
Former Trump White House minister Steve Bannon, who was not a White House employee at the time of the riots, said he would not comply with the court’s ruling – prompting the committee to say no. ”
“Even if the Select Committee welcomes the well-to-do co-operation with witnesses seeking co-operation with our investigation, we will not allow any witness to challenge the legitimacy or attempt to waste time, and we will soon consider prosecuting contempt for Congress.” Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) And Deputy Chairman Rep.
Kash Patel, a former Trump aide and lawyer, who worked for the Pentagon during the riots, said in a statement that he would not comment on what he would do.
“I can confirm that I responded to the high court on time. More than that, I will not comment on my relationship with the Committee, ”said Patel. “But I can assure you that I will continue to tell the truth and will continue to focus on Fighting with Kash to help any American who has been tested and represented on the air.”
The fight over the power of the president in the past has diminished the value of conference requests. For example, former Trump Secretary of State John Bolton has not given evidence in Trump’s first trial because of the lack of immediate prosecution in the case.