(TheIndependentStar.com) – The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 riot at the Capitol has made recent requests to access former President Donald Trump’s records. Members feel this information is necessary to thoroughly look into the involvement of the White House in the events of that day, but the former president feels differently.
On October 18, lawyers for Trump filed a lawsuit to prevent access to his records. The case proposes such inquiry is an overreach on the part of the committee and represents an unconstitutional intent to investigate a former president. Trump’s lawyers cite executive privilege in requesting the court to order the National Archives to keep said records private.
Donald Trump is suing the Jan 6 select committee and the National Archives over requested documents. https://t.co/oEvLqgbV4l pic.twitter.com/KQq1FLZDQQ
— Newsmax (@newsmax) October 19, 2021
Committee Chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-MS) and Vice-Chair Liz Cheney (R-WY) issued a statement in response saying the lawsuit is an attempt to obstruct their review of the incident, and they will work to prevent him from slowing down their investigation.
The lawsuit claims there is no reasonable evidence behind the request. The records request asks for all documentation and communication from within the White House in the days leading up to January 6, including anything between the president and his family or staff. Trump’s attorneys propose the committee failed to show, and will be unable to prove, their need for the records supersede that of the former president’s executive privilege.
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