Trump seeks to block 770 pages of Jan.6 panel records: court records

Previous President TrumpDonald Trump Candidates Sue After Pennsylvania County Sent Hundreds Of Ballots To Wrong Addresses Harris Makes One Last Pitch For McAuliffe Overnight Defense & National Security – Biden Speaks On Afghanistan, Submarine Deals In Europe MORE it intends to withhold 770 pages of documents from the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol, according to court documents filed by the National Archives.

In a court document filed on saturdayJohn Laster, who heads the White House Liaison Division of the National Archives, says the former president is seeking to retain a variety of archives, including top adviser records, schedules, call logs and daily presidential diaries.

The filings came in response to a lawsuit Trump filed earlier this month to prevent the Jan.6 panel from obtaining records from his administration.

The panel asked the National Archives in August to turn over a long list of records of the former president’s time in office, as well as the aftermath of the attack.

But Trump argues that the committee has failed to demonstrate a legislative purpose for the documents that would override its assertion of executive privilege.

The White House has said it would not enforce the executive privilege of blocking the panel’s access to the records. In a letter sent to the National Archives on Monday, the White House attorney Dana RemusDana RemusWhite House Rejects Trump’s Latest Claim Of Executive Privilege The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented By Facebook – Biden, Democrats Move Closer To Legislative Agreement Jan.6 Votes For Panel To Hold Bannon In Contempt MORE He said Trump’s claim of executive privilege “is not justified.”

In his document, Laster presents three batches of documents over which Trump claims to have privileges.

The first batch of 46 records includes daily presidential diaries records, draft speeches and comments, and three handwritten notes from Trump’s former chief of staff. Mark MeadowsMark Meadows Jan. Committee 6 Grants Jeffrey Clark, Dan Scavino Madison Cawthorn Deferrals to Join House Committee on Freedom Financial self-negotiation is rotting our government MORE with respect to January 6.

The second batch of records, which includes 656 pages of documents, primarily includes folder pages containing talking points for then-White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany on voter fraud and the 2020 elections. This batch also It includes a draft of Trump’s speech to the Save American rally that preceded the riots, and a “Silly Executive Order on Top of Electoral Integrity.”

Additionally, Trump is asserting his privilege on a third batch of 68 records, which include a draft proclamation honoring the Capitol Police and Officers Brian Sicknick and Howard Liebengood, who died after the January 6 riots.

The third batch also contained records related to a possible lawsuit against states that President BidenJoe Biden Overnight Energy & Environment – American Clean Power – Supreme Court to Review Power Plant Rule Case Harris Makes Final Pitch for McAuliffe Overnight Health Care – Presented by Altria – Toddlers One Step Closer to Vaccine MORE won in 2020, and document on the “security of the 2020 presidential elections and the ordering of various actions.”

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