WASHINGTON, Oct 26 (Reuters) – U.S. President Joe Biden has blocked a second try by former President Donald Trump to withhold documents sought by lawmakers investigating the lethal Jan. 6 assault on the U.S. Capitol and ordered the newest batch to be handed over to Congress.
“Biden has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interests of the United States, and therefore is not justified,” Biden’s counsel Dana Remus wrote in an Oct. 25 letter to the Nationwide Archives and Data Administration.
Taylor Budowich, a spokesman for Trump, didn’t instantly reply to a request for remark.
A U.S. Home of Representatives committee is investigating the Jan. 6 storming of Congress by Trump supporters who had been looking for to halt lawmakers from certifying Biden’s presidential victory. 5 folks died amid the assault and practically 700 folks now face legal expenses. learn more
A Democrat, Biden earlier this month blocked Trump’s first bid to withhold an preliminary tranche of documents associated to Jan. 6 when the previous Republican president nonetheless was in workplace, prompting Trump to file a lawsuit. learn more
In each circumstances, the White Home informed the federal archivist that Congress should (*6*)
Citing the urgency of the congressional request, Biden ordered the archives to present the newest documents 30 days after notifying Trump until a courtroom intervenes.
Lawmakers are additionally looking for testimony from a lot of people, together with high Trump aides and allies. One, Steve Bannon, has refused to seem citing Trump’s declare of govt privilege and will face legal expenses. learn more
Reporting by Steve Holland and Jan Wolfe; Writing by Susan Heavey; Modifying by Bernadette Baum
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