Biden had a say in whether Trump's 1/6 record goes to Congress

Biden's administration will be able to influence whether or not the government discloses information to Congress about the Jan. 6 actions of former President Donald Trump, his aides, and other Trump-related activities.

Biden had a say in whether Trump's 1/6 record goes to Congress

However, it is possible that there will be a long court battle before the details are released.

A trove of records was requested by the House committee that investigated the January insurrection at U.S. Capitol. It included communication between Trump's White House and information regarding planning and funding for rallies in Washington. A rally held near the White House featured remarks from Trump before loyalists stormed it.

According to a source familiar with the matter, the National Archives turned over the first tranche of documents from Trump's White House at the end last month to Trump and the White House. Any party can object to specific items being released. The White House of Biden can overrule any Trump attempt to block information release.

The former president could also sue to stop it. If legislators feel the Biden White House is trying to keep it back, Congress could sue. The individual was not allowed to speak publicly, and spoke to The Associated Press under condition of anonymity.

Trump stated that he would invoke executive privilege and refuse any information. This legal maneuver has been used by Presidents and their staff for decades to avoid being scrutinized by Congress.

Trump is no longer in control of the outcome. A presidential executive order states that the archivist in possession of presidential records must "abide by all instructions given to him by the incumbent President, or his designee, unless directed otherwise by a final court ruling."

Although the White House indicated that it would be willing to release as many documents as possible, officials don't rule out the possibility of Biden privileged records.

White House documents are kept private by presidents, who tend to protect their executive privilege. This includes records for their predecessors and themselves. However, any White House decision to deny the congressional request to see records on Trump's activities may anger Democratic legislators at a time when Biden is in need of their support to move his agenda forward.

These documents are part of an extensive, partisan, and rancorous investigation into the way a mob infiltrated the Capitol to disrupt Biden's presidential win certification. This was the worst attack on Congress in over two centuries. The attack saw more than 650 people charged with criminal offenses, making it the largest U.S. prosecution.

Additional to White House records, the Archives are also being requested. This includes material from the Departments of Defense, Justice, Homeland Security, and Interior, along with the FBI and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.

Late Thursday night, the House Committee subpoenaed former White House Chief Of Staff Mark Meadows, former White House Assistant Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino and Kashyap Paltel, former Trump adviser.

The National Archives and Records Administration request is 10 pages. The committee requests "All documents, communications within the White House on Jan 6, 2021" related to Trump's close advisors and family members. It also includes information about Trump's rally at Ellipse and his Twitter feed. It requests details about Trump's movements that day as well as communications from the White House Situation Room. All documents related to election fraud claims, as well Supreme Court decisions on this topic, are also sought.

Michael Gwin, White House spokesperson, said that Biden has been engaged with Congress for several months on Jan. 6, issues and will continue to do so.

Gwin stated that the January 6th events were a dark stain in our country's history and an attack on the foundations and democracy of our nation. "The president is committed to making sure that such an event does not happen again, and he supports an investigation into the circumstances."

The committee also wants to know about Trump's claims of fraud, and any attempts to reverse the results of November's elections or "impede peaceful transfer of power."

Representative Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) is the head of the committee. She was appointed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Two Republicans opposed the creation of the 13-person panel.

It also asked that telecommunications companies and social media companies keep the personal communications of hundreds who might have been affected by the attack.

Taylor Budowich was Trump's communications director and his political action Committee's communications director. He criticized the request by the congressional panel for records and stated that the former president would fight it.

He stated that the highly partisan and Communist-style "selection committee" had submitted an outlandishly broad records request, which lacked both legal precedents and legislative merit. "Executive privilege is being defended, not only for President Trump and his administration but also for the Office of The President of the United States, and the future of our country."

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