Trump to file a lawsuit against Biden White House to keep January 6 records sealed: report

Trump hopes to claim executive privilege, and block records from being sent to the House Select Committee

By Meaghan Ellis
Published September 29, 2021 2:49PM (EDT)
Donald Trump | The US Capitol Riot on January 6, 2021 (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)
Donald Trump | The US Capitol Riot on January 6, 2021 (Photo illustration by Salon/Getty Images)

This article originally appeared on AlterNet.

Former President Donald Trump is filing a lawsuit against the White House in hopes of claiming executive privilege and blocking records from his presidential administration being sent to the House Select Committee, the group of lawmakers examining the January 6 riots.

Accoding to The Guardian, Trump recently released a statement outlining his intent to fight back as he pushes for executive privilege on the matter.

"We will fight the subpoenas on executive privilege and other grounds for the good of our country, while we wait to find out whether or not subpoenas will be sent out to Antifa and BLM for the death and destruction they have caused," Trump said.

The embattled former president has also set high demands for his former top-ranking White House officials including "former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, deputy chief of staff Dan Scavino, strategist Steve Bannon and defense department aide Kash Patel," the publication reports.

Despite the House Select Committee's likely subpoenas and requests for testimony, Trump is expecting his former White House staff members to refrain from cooperating. The road Trump appears to be embarking on will likely lead to a longterm court battle over the

Per the publication:

"The plan to prevent House select committee investigators from receiving Trump White House records revolves around exploiting the procedure by which the National Archives allows both the Biden administration and Trump to review materials for executive privilege claims."

"Executive privilege will be defended, not just on behalf of my administration and the patriots who worked beside me, but on behalf of the office of the president of the United States and the future of our nation," Trump said in a statement.

Despite Trump's demands, President Joe Biden will ultimately have the final authority as it will be his decision. After an additional 60 days of making no progress due to Trump's pushback, the president "instruct the White House counsel, Dana Remus, to allow the release without the former president's cooperation.


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