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President Joe biden rejected the request of the former president Donald trump to block documents from the House committee investigating the attack on the capitol January 6, the White House said Friday, likely to kick off a legal and political battle.
Trump has claimed executive privilege by trying to evade committee demands who asked for details about the activities of the former president and his assistants during the attack on capitol.
But in a letter to the National Archives and Records Administration, the White House said that Biden “Determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interest of the United States,” according The Washington Post.
Trump it responded with a letter of its own on the same Friday that formally claimed executive privilege over some 50 documents requested by the select committee.
Biden’s decision allows the United States National Archives, which holds historical documents, to release information from the White House about the robbery on Capitol Hill to a House committee investigating that event.
Trump it had argued that those documents should be kept secret because they could endanger national security.
However, at a press conference, White House spokeswoman Jen Psaki ad this Friday that Biden had concluded that the security of the country was not in danger and the documents had to be handed over to the committee of the Lower House. “The Administration takes the events of January 6 very seriously,” said Psaki.
The exact content of those documents is unknown, but supposedly They could expose what happened in the White House as hundreds of people stormed the Capitol.
The committee investigating the event was created by the Speaker of the House of Representatives, the Democrat Nancy Pelosi, and its mission is to investigate why the assault on the Capitol occurred, who was responsible and what can be done to prevent another similar event.
To that end, that commission has requested access to hitherto secret documents, such as Trump’s, and has summoned several former members of his government to testify, including the controversial ideologue and former adviser Steve Bannon.
The commission is made up of a majority of Democratic congressmen, although there are two Republican members – Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger – who are at odds with Trump.
Five people died and about 140 agents were attacked during the assault on the headquarters of the United States Congress.
Up to now, some 550 people have been indicted on charges related to the January robbery, including 165 people who have already been accused of crimes of aggression against the authorities.