Decline Jan. 6 document requests; seek other options

The House committee that was investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection on the U.S. Capitol "deferred” its requests for several pages of Trump administration records at White House request. However, President Joe Biden rejected the invocation of executive privilege on hundreds more pages by the former president.

Decline Jan. 6 document requests; seek other options

Dana Remus, Biden counsel, stated that Biden had "determined that an assert of executive privilege was not in the best interest of the United States and therefore is not justified". She also addressed the National Archives and Records Administration with the following statement: "Affirmation of executive privilege isn't in the United States' best interests and therefore is not justified." for two tranches sent to the White House last month for review.

The Associated Press obtained Monday's letter which revealed that the committee "deferred” its request for almost 50 pages of documents due to an "accommodation” process with the Biden White House. This process allows the White House, without formal blocking their release, to preserve some records that could be considered privileged.

The courts will decide the fate of documents that were approved by the White House for release. The courts will decide the fate of documents that were approved for release by President Donald Trump earlier in the month.

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