Former Lawmakers Sign Brief Countering Trump’s Claims of Executive Privilege in Jan.6 Investigation

A group of more than 60 former lawmakers have joined a legal brief that encourages a federal judge to remove former President TrumpDonald Trump Night Defense and National Security – Presented by Boeing – Milley Warns of ‘Sputnik Moment’ for China WSJ Releases Letter from Trump Continuing to Allege Election Fraud in PA Oath Keeper, Who Was on Capitol Hill Jan.6, Runs for the New Jersey State Assembly MOREThe executive privilege claims in regards to the investigation of the January 6 attack on the Capitol.

The brief, as reported by Political, argues that Congress’s need for documents related to the January 6 riots takes precedence over any possible claims of executive privilege by Trump, especially considering that the president is a target of the investigation.

“His power to do so here is not diminished, and likely elevated, where the targets of the investigation include a former president and sitting members of Congress,” Politico cites the 21-page report, which is scheduled to enter the Federal District of DC Court file on Friday.

“Under these circumstances, no personal interest of Donald Trump or disputed and unresolved issues of executive privilege could tip the balance against the release of these records to the Select Committee,” the brief adds.

The coalition of 66 lawmakers, made up of 24 Republicans and 42 Democrats, argues that Trump played a “huge role” in the run-up to the deadly attack.

“From what is publicly known, it is clear that Donald Trump played a huge, and probably central, role in organizing the events that led to the January 6 attack,” the lawmakers wrote.

“And many, and perhaps most, of the various means that he used or contemplated are documented in the records that the Committee seeks and are not yet known,” they added.

The brief was filed under the umbrella of Protect Democracy, a nonprofit government watchdog, according to Politico. The Hill reached out to Protect Democracy for more information.

Protect Democracy has argued that congressional lawmakers must fully understand what happened on January 6 to properly draft legislation that responds to the attack, according to Politico.

Trump filed lawsuits against the House select committee on Jan.6 and the National Archives in an effort to prevent records of his time in the White House from being turned over to the investigative panel.

The select committee and the National Archives and Records Administration are due to file a response to the lawsuits on Friday, then US District Judge Tanya Chutkan will hear the case next week, according to Politico.

Trump argues that his records are protected by executive privilege.

“When it comes to any material that is sought in situations like this, where fundamental privileges and constitutional issues are at stake and where a committee has refused to allow sufficient time to carry out a full review, there is a long bipartisan tradition. of protective statements from the executive. privilege designed to guarantee the ability to make a final claim, if necessary, about part or all of the requested material, ”the lawsuit reads.

The president has also argued that the committee’s request for documents is too large to be legal, lacks legislative justification, and would lower privilege protections for future presidents, according to Politico.

President BidenJoe BidenBiden to Meet House Democrats Ahead of Europe Trip: Report 21 House Democrats Call for Removal of IRS Bank Reporting Proposal from Spending Bill Overnight Health Care – Presented by Altria – Vulnerable Democrats Push Drug Pricing Plan MOREHowever, he has already rejected a series of Trump claims of executive privilege, concluding that the former president’s claim of privilege “is not justified.”

The former legislators also write in the brief that Trump’s authority to claim executive privilege should only be allowed for actions taken in his official presidential capacity, and not efforts he made in connection with the election campaign, according to Politico.

Senate Minority Leader McConnell explained that the efforts to reverse the election were not official acts of a president; they were ‘a shameful negligence in the line of duty,’ ”the brief reads. “The executive privilege does not apply, which ends the investigation and condemns the motion that is currently before the Court.”

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The Hill reached out to Trump for comment.

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