Press Secretary Jen Psaki confirmed Friday that President Biden has waived executive privileges on a preliminary set of White House documents submitted in response to a January 6 select committee’s requests for information.
why it matters: Former President Trump’s legal team has moved to block some requests by invoking executive privilege, which could allow presidents and their allies to step in for Congress to investigate. But the Biden administration has said they will evaluate on a case-by-case basis.
What are they saying: “As part of this process, the president has determined that the first set of documents from the Trump White House does not necessarily require a claim of executive privilege that has been provided to us by the National Archives,” Psaki said.
- “These are unique and extraordinary circumstances,” Biden’s White House attorney wrote in a letter to the National Archives, which was Obtained by NBC News.
big picture: The Biden administration previously decided not to shield some former Justice Department officials who were called to testify before Congress.
Noteworthy: Trump has also attempted to claim executive privilege so that aides like Steven Bannon can refuse to comply with a summons from the select committee, According to the New York Times.