The White House has formally rejected Donald Trumprequest to assert its executive privilege to protect a set of documents from the House Committee examining on 6 January Capitol riot.
In a letter sent to the National Archives on Friday but released on Wednesday, the White House Law Office said President Joe Biden “Instructed” the Agency to comply with the request of the House Select Committee.
The letter, which was sent by White House lawyer Dana Remus to US National Archivist David Ferriero, stated that the documents would be submitted “30 days after you notified the former president, without any intervening court decision.”
“The President maintains his conclusion that an assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interests of the United States and is therefore not substantiated with respect to any of the documents submitted to the White House on September 8, 2021,” the letter said.
“President Biden does not support the former president’s claim of privileges,” the letter said.
In a statement last week, Trump said the request to release the documents “is not based on law or reality and is just a game for these politicians. They do not care about our country or the American people. “
He then wrote to the National Archives, objecting to the release of the documents and claiming his “executive privilege”.
This new feature from the White House is seen as a bid intensify the investigation of the riot.
The House committee is prepared to recommend that the Department of Justice consider prosecuting Trump’s former aides if they ignore or refuse to follow Congress’ sentiments.
Democrat Rep. Adam Schiff, who also chairs the House Intelligence Committee, said they were “prepared” to take the step of recommending criminal prosecution against members of Trump’s inner circle who did not appear to testify and provide material.
“We also want to make sure that these witnesses come in and testify, and we are prepared to go ahead and call on the Ministry of Justice to prosecute anyone who does not do their legal duty,” Schiff said.
Former Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen reportedly testified before the committee on Wednesday, just days after Schiff’s comments.
The inquiry team had released a statement last week, noting that the former president’s two aides – former chief of staff Mark Meadows and house staff Kash Patel – were far from following the committee’s request.
Investigators Bennie Thompson and Vice President Liz Cheney said the committee “will not allow any witness to defy a legal lawsuit or try to end the clock, and … will quickly consider promoting criminal contempt for congressional referrals.”
In the meantime, the committee issued another summons Jeffrey Clark, the former official at the Justice Department in the Trump administration who reportedly pushed for the country’s federal law enforcement agency to help Trump overthrow the outcome of the 2020 election.
White House Secretary Jen Psaki said Friday that Biden wanted to ensure that an incident such as the Capitol riot “never happens again, which is why the administration is cooperating with the ongoing investigation.”