Trump Sues House Jan. 6 Committee, National Archives
Former President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit on Monday in a Washington D.C. court against the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol incident and against the National Archives in a bid to keep his Presidential records relegated, citing executive privilege.
Trump’s court filing, namely, argues (pdf) that the committee’s records request is too broad and doesn’t accommodate any legislative purport.
The Committee’s request amounts to nothing less than a vexatious, illicit fishing expedition openly endorsed by [President Joe] Biden and designed to unconstitutionally investigate President Trump and his administration,
the lawsuit said. Our laws do not sanction such an impulsive, egregious action against a former President and his close advisors.Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), one of the chairs of the House cull committee, and the national archivist, David Ferriero, were withal denominated as defendants in the lawsuit.
In cases like this, where a committee has declined to grant ample time to conduct a full review, Trump’s court filing said, there is a longstanding bipartisan tradition of protective assertions of executive privilege designed to ascertain the faculty of the Executive to make a final assertion, if obligatory, over some or all of the requested material.The Presidential Records Act is unconstitutional should it be read so broadly as to sanction an incumbent President unfettered discretion to waive the antecedent President’s executive privilege, mere months following an administration change,
according to the lawsuit. The committee is seeking potentially millions of Presidential records, including Presidential conversations and communications with lawyers. The lawsuit was filed by Jesse Binnall, who had represented Trump in a Nevada election-cognate lawsuit filed last year.
Subpoenas for documents and testimony were issued by the Jan. 6 committee against several former Trump administration aides. Former White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon publicly vowed not to comply with the congressional demands.
After Bannon’s comment, Biden verbalized that the Department of Justice should prosecute him if he perpetuates to defy the subpoenas. However, a Justice Department spokesman rebuked his claim, verbally expressing it will
make its own independent decisions in all prosecutions predicated solely on the facts and the law. Period. Full stop.It comes days after White House press secretary Jen Psaki told heralds that the Biden administration would not sanction Trump to assert executive privilege to block the request from the House committee.
The president has determined an assertion of executive privilege isn’t warranted for the first set of documents from the Trump White House that have been provided to us by the National Archives, Psaki verbally expressed on Oct. 8, integrating that more troves of documents could be evaluated on a “case-by-case substructure.”
Source: You can read the original Epoch Times article here.