‘Drunk on power’: Trump lashes out after Biden rejects ex-president’s call to withhold capitol riot records
After the White House refused Donald TrumpRequest withholding documents from the Congressional Committee of Inquiry Capitol riotThe former president accused Democrats of being “power drunk” and suggested he would direct legal action to prevent their release.
“Democrats are drunk with power, but this serious assault on our Constitution and important legal precedent will not succeed,” he said in an October 8 statement.
He accused the House Select Committee of leading a “spurious investigation” of using “the power of government to silence ‘Trump’ and our movement to make America great again, the greatest achievement ever.”
In a letter to David Ferrero, who serves as a record keeper at the National Archives and Records Administration, White House counsel Dana Remus told Mr Ferrero that President Joe Biden will Do not support Mr Trump’s request Use his executive privilege to prevent the release of documents requested by the commission.
According to the letter, “The President has determined that emphasizing executive privilege is not in the best interests of the United States.”
The letter states that “Congress is considering an attack on our Constitution and our democratic institutions, provoked and emboldened by those who have sworn to protect them, and the conduct under investigation far exceeds typical deliberations regarding the proper implementation of the President’s constitutional responsibilities.”
Trump has sought to declare sweeping executive privilege, despite the fact that he has not been in the White House since January 20, 2021. The former president’s strategy appears to be to slow the process down in hopes of getting Republicans back to Congress in 2023.
In a letter dated October 8 to the National Archives, Mr. Trump said that should the committee continue to search for records from the Trump administration, “I will take all necessary and appropriate steps to defend the office of the presidency.”
White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki told reporters Friday that the January 6 attack on the Capitol “presented an existential crisis and a test of whether our democracy can survive.”
Ms Psaki said the attack, fueled by the former president’s persistent false narrative that the results of the 2020 presidential election were “manipulated” against him, was a “unique attack on the foundations of our democracy”.
“The president is dedicated to ensuring that something like this never happens again, which is why the administration is cooperating with the ongoing investigations,” she said.
In the first wave of document requestsIn the report, the commission sought extensive records from Trump agencies and officials — including call logs, phone records, meeting notes and visitor records from more than 30 former White House employees, government officials and allies.
Her request also seeks information regarding Mr. Trump’s attempts to undermine or disrupt the Electoral College count, and potential efforts to invoke insurrection, martial law or the Twenty-Fifth Amendment to subvert elections and nullify the votes of millions of Americans.
The commission also requested communications and documents relating to protests and rallies related to the election and Mr. Trump’s discussion of electoral conspiracy theories and attempts to challenge the outcome.