Trump pushes for call logs, notes not to be seen by panel January 6

Trump has sued to prevent the National Archives from forwarding these documents, and thousands more, to the House committee investigating the attack.

Former President Donald Trump is trying to block documents including call logs, draft remarks and speeches and handwritten notes from his chief of staff in connection with the Capitol uprising on January 6 from being released to the committee investigating the riot, the National Archives revealed in a trial early Saturday.

Trump has sued to prevent the National Archives from forwarding these documents, and thousands more, to the House committee investigating the attack. President Joe Biden declined to assert executive privileges on most of Trump’s records after stating that it “is not in America’s best interest.”

The Saturday filing, which came as part of the National Archives and Record Administration’s opposition to the Trump lawsuit, describes the agency’s efforts to identify records from the Trump White House in response to a broad, 13-page request from the House Committee on Documents concerns the uprising and Trump’s efforts to undermine the legitimacy of the 2020 presidential election.

The document gives the first look at the kind of records that could soon be handed over to the committee for its investigation.

Billy Laster, director of the National Archives’ White House Liaison Division, wrote that among the special documents Trump has sought to block are 30 pages of “daily presidential diaries, schedules, appointment information showing White House visitors, activity logs,” call logs and changeover checklists showing calls to the President and Vice President, all specific to or covering January 6, 2021; 13 pages of “draft speeches, remarks, and correspondence relating to the events of January 6, 2021; and “three handwritten notes regarding the January 6 events from (former White House Chief of Staff Mark) Meadows’ files.”

Trump also sought to exercise executive privilege over pages from former White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnanny’s binders of speeches and statements, “mainly related to allegations of voter fraud, electoral security, and other issues related to the 2020 election.”

Other documents included a handwritten note from Meadows’ files “showing potential or scheduled briefings and phone calls regarding the January 6 certification and other election issues” and “a draft executive order on the subject of election integrity.”

Laster’s statement notes that the National Archives’ search began with paper documents because it took until August before digital records from Trump’s White House were transferred to the agency. The National Archives, he wrote, has identified “several hundred thousand potentially responsive records” of emails from Trump’s White House out of about $ 100 million sent or received under his administration, and was working to determine if they related to the House’s request.

Biden has so far waived executive privileges on almost all of the documents requested by the committee, although the committee agreed to “postpone” its requests for several dozen pages of records at the instigation of Biden White House.

Explaining why Biden has not screened Trump’s records, White House attorney Dana Remus wrote that they could “shed light on White House events on Jan. 6 and around Jan. 6 and take into account the elect.” the Committee’s need to understand the facts underlying the most serious attack on federal government operations since the Civil War. “

On January 6, an armed mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in an attempt to stop the certification of Biden’s election victory. Trump was sued by the Democratic-led House on a charge of inciting riots, but was acquitted by the Republican-led Senate.

Trump called the document requests an “annoying, illegal fishing expedition” that was “unbound from any legitimate legislative purpose” in his lawsuit to block the National Archives from passing the documents to the committee.

The case also challenges the legality of the Presidential Records Act, arguing that it is inherently unconstitutional to allow a sitting president to relinquish executive privileges to a predecessor just months after leaving office. Biden has said he would review each request separately to determine if this privilege should be waived.

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