Biden won't invoke executive privilege to block Jan. 6 committee from reviewing Trump administration records
President Joe Biden will not use the powers of his office to shield Trump administration records from the purview of the Jan. 6 Select Committee.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki confirmed that news Friday during her daily press briefing, telling reporters they take the "matter incredibly seriously."
"The president has already concluded that it would not be appropriate to assert executive privilege, and so, we will respond promptly to these questions as they arise and certainly as they come up from Congress," she continued. "We have been working closely with congressional committees and others as they work to get to the bottom of what happened on Jan. 6, an incredibly dark day in our democracy."
Psaki later elaborated that on "principle," Biden would seek to avoid abusing executive privilege.
"It’s an eye to not exerting executive privilege," the top White House spokesperson stated. "Some of this is predicting what we don’t know yet, but that is certainly his overarching view."
Psaki's comments come one day after former President Donald Trump vowed to fight subpoenas from the committee for his communications on the day of and leading up to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.
"The 'Unselect Committee' of highly partisan politicians, a similar group that perpetrated the now proven lie of Russia, Russia, Russia, Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine, Impeachment Hoax #1, Impeachment Hoax #2, and many other Scams, has sent out Harassment Subpoenas on Jan. 6th so that the Government of the United States can continue wasting time while Russia, China, and virtually every other country that deals with our Nation can continue to 'eat our lunch,' and laugh at the stupidity of what is going on at our Southern Border, and the worst withdrawal from a war zone by any Nation in history — all of this while the Democrats persecute and prosecute Republicans which is, together with Rigging Elections, essentially all they know how to do," Trump said in a statement. "We will fight the Subpoenas on Executive Privilege and other grounds, for the good of our Country, while we wait to find out whether or not Subpoenas will be sent out to Antifa and BLM for the death and destruction they have caused in tearing apart our Democrat-run cities throughout America."
You can watch Friday's entire briefing below.
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