President Biden will not invoke executive privilege to save any record of the Trump White House from the House investigation into the Capitol rebellion, Press Secretary Jen Psaki said on Friday.
why it matters: It breaks into former President Trump’s plan to block requests for information January 6 by claiming executive privilege, a legal doctrine that could allow presidents and their allies to steer clear of congressional scrutiny, according to the Washington Post.
what is she saying: “I would say that we take this matter incredibly seriously. The president has already concluded that it would not be appropriate to claim executive privilege,” Psaki said.
- “And so, we will respond to these questions immediately as they arise. And of course, as they come from Congress, and of course we are working closely with Congressional committees and others as they come to Jan. Let’s work to get to the bottom of what happened. 6.”
- Psaki said that the Trump administration has not reached the White House to preserve such records. There is no regular communication between the two presidents and their teams.
big picture: The House committee charged with the investigation delivered a letter to the National Archives on August 25, requesting White House documents and communications related to any rebellion from January 6.
- Once the National Archives has identified and distributed the relevant documents to Biden and Trump lawyers, as demanded by statute, Trump will have 30 days to approve or deny their release.
yes but: Biden can submit them to the committee even if Trump has objections.