Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday threatened to invoke executive privilege in an effort to block the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot from obtaining a massive tranche of documents it’s demanding from several US government agencies, despite his successor having the ultimate say over whether the information can be shared.
The document requests from the House select committee echo those previously issued by other House committees in the aftermath of the January 6 riot, while significantly broadening the search to other areas and people inside and outside government.
The list of targets is long and varied, ranging from information about attempts to either carry out or defy Trump’s orders, invoke the insurrection act, martial law or the 25th Amendment, as well as for communications regarding members of the Trump White House.
Trump’s statement said: “The Leftist ‘select committee’ has further exposed itself as a partisan sham and waste of taxpayer dollars with a request that’s timed to distract Americans from historic and global catastrophes brought on by the failures of Joe Biden and the Democrats.”
“Unfortunately, this partisan exercise is being performed at the expense of long-standing legal principles of privilege,” the statement went on.
“Executive privilege will be defended, not just on behalf of my Administration and the Patriots who worked beside me but on behalf of the Office of the President of the United States and the future of our Nation. These Democrats only have one tired trick—political theater—and their latest request only reinforces that pathetic reality.”
Former President Donald Trump threatens to invoke executive privilege as House committee seeks documents from agencies on January 6 attack https://t.co/1Qg9fQiwRx
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) August 26, 2021
The committee is seeking “communications within and among the White House and Executive Branch agencies.” https://t.co/b76mTjJpp6
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) August 26, 2021