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White House Deputy Attorney Jonathan Su wrote a letter to Meadows’ attorney on Thursday notifying him that President Biden would not enforce executive privilege on documents requested by the committee from Meadows, citing a “compelling need” for Congress. access the course documents. of his investigation into the deadly attack.
“The President believes that constitutional protections of executive privilege should not be used to protect information that reflects an effort to subvert the Constitution itself and, in fact, believes that such a statement in this circumstance would be in contradiction with the principles underlying privilege.” Su wrote in the letter, a copy of which was obtained by The Hill.
“Consistent with President Biden’s determination that a claim of privilege is unwarranted with respect to testimony and documents pertaining to these particular issues, he has determined that he will not enforce executive privilege with respect to his client’s deposition testimony about these topics, or any document your client can have that influence on them, ”wrote Su. “For the same reasons underlying his decisions on executive privilege, President Biden has determined that he will not use immunity to prevent his client from testifying before the Select Committee.”
In August, the committee asked the National Archives to turn over “all documents and communications within the White House by January 6, 2021, related in any way” to Meadows, along with a long list of other White House employees. .
Thursday’s letter, which was first reported by The Washington Post, comes as Meadows is said to still be engaged with the committee, but it came long after the Oct. 15 statement date listed on his subpoena. Su wrote that he was responding to an Oct. 11 letter from Meadows’ attorney regarding a subpoena from the select committee.
The letter is similar to previous communications in which the White House rejected Trump’s claims of privilege over the documents and ordered the National Archives to turn over sets of documents to the Jan.6 committee. Trump has sued the committee to block the release of the documents, arguing that the request is too broad and that the committee has not demonstrated a legitimate legislative purpose that overrides his claims of privilege.
He has also ordered his former aides not to cooperate with the committee.
George Terwilliger, Meadow’s attorney, suggested in a statement that Meadows would not comply with the committee’s demands until the legal disputes were resolved.
“Contrary to decades of consistent bipartisan views from the Justice Department that Congress cannot compel senior advisers to testify, this is the first president to make no effort to protect presidential communications from being the subject of compelling testimony.” , wrote.
“Mr. Meadows continues to be instructed by former President Trump to uphold long-standing principles of executive privilege. It now appears that the courts will have to resolve this conflict.”
The Jan.6 committee has firmly rejected any claims of executive privilege from Trump, arguing that he no longer retains those privileges now that he is no longer in office.
That position was upheld by a federal court on Tuesday, and US District Judge Tanya Chutkan wrote in reference to Trump that “presidents are not kings and the plaintiff is not president.”
Trump’s legal team filed a motion Thursday seeking to block Chutkan’s order, all in an effort to block the release of a large number of Trump presidential records that will be delivered to the committee on Friday.