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.”
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 written about the protection of White House documents and slammed Democrats’ efforts to impeach Trump, said that the outcome of what happens here would be momentous.
“There is an unbroken tradition of deference by the incumbent presidents to their predecessors,” Turley said. “In the past, incumbent presidents would generally support their predecessors in restricting access, despite partisan differences. It appears we may be poised here to shatter that tradition.”
Anyone with half a brain can see that this is nothing short of a witch hunt against Trump. He continues to live rent-free in the heads of Democrats, whose hatred for him is just pathetic at this point.
Keep fighting them at every turn, President Trump. We support you.