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Joe Biden and his White House are reportedly eager to release information to Congress about what Donald Trump and his aides were allegedly doing during the Capitol riot on January 6. If the Biden administration goes through with this, it could set off a complicated battle that is both legal and political.
According to MSN , Trump has said that he would use “executive privilege” to block information requests from the House select committee that is looking into what happened on the day of the riot. While executive privilege has allowed presidents and their aides to avoid or delay congressional scrutiny for decades, two Biden officials claimed that the “gravity of the events on January 6” will allow them to get away with this.
Biden spokesman Michael J. Gwin told reporters that the current president sees the Capitol riot as “a dark stain on our country’s history” and is “deeply committed to ensuring that something like that can never happen again, and he supports a thorough investigation.”
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Democrats want the Biden White House to put institutional fears about sharing information with Congress aside, arguing that Trump no longer enjoys executive privilege protection.
“It’s not really relevant because there’s no president involved — there’s no such thing as a former president’s executive privilege,” said Rep. Jamie B. Raskin (D-Md.), a committee member who teaches constitutional law. “That’s extremely dilute and not really relevant.”
Trump, however, is not having any of it. He has slammed this investigation as highly partisan and has pledged to fight any effort to release information about him to Congress. “The highly partisan, Communist-style’ select committee’ has put forth an outrageously broad records request that lacks both legal precedent and legislative merit,” said Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich. “Executive privilege will be defended, not just on behalf of President Trump and his administration, but also on behalf of the Office of the President of the United States and the future of our nation.”
Jonathan Turley, a professor at George Washington University who has […]
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