Donald Trump raged against the Jan. 6 commission’s specific request that federal agencies turn over the phone records of his family members and other close associates from the days leading up to the Capitol Rebellion.
Among the targets of the requests is the former president himself. Mike Pence; Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s former personal attorney; and his family members, including his wife Melania, daughter Ivanka, and sons Eric and Donald Jr.
In an angry statement from his fundraising organization Save America, the president was at one point outraged by “The Leftist” Select Committee, which he claimed had “revealed itself as a partisan hoax and a waste of taxpayer money with a request timed to distract Americans for the historical and global catastrophes caused by the failures of Joe Biden and the Democrats.”
Trump also alleged that the commission’s request violated “executive privilege,” which he has repeatedly cited in an effort to prevent Congress and law enforcement from questioning former employees and members of the Trump family.
“Unfortunately, this partisan exercise is being performed at the expense of the longstanding legal principles of privilege. Executive privilege will be defended, not only on behalf of my administration and the patriots who have worked alongside me, but on behalf of the office of the President of the United States and the future of our nation. These Democrats have only one trick— Political theater – and their last request only reinforces this pathetic reality.”
Along with phone records, the commission requested all records of White House calls as of January 6. Accounts vary about exactly what Mr. Trump did and said during the Capitol procedure, and particularly pivotal calls in the investigation are the calls he may have made or received from certain members of Congress.
Another issue is the White House’s communications with law enforcement and the Department of Defense, with the committee also focusing on slowing the deployment of reinforcements to help overwhelmed police secure the Capitol.