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January 6 committee agrees to shield some Trump-era records at White House request



The House committee that is tasked with investigating the January 6 riot at the Capitol agreed to cease its attempt to gather hundreds of pages of records relating to the Trump administration.

That deferral was made after a White House request which argued releasing all the documents could compromise executive privilege and national security.

President Joe Biden has continually rejected previous efforts from former President Donald Trump to cite executive privilege in order to block the release of documents surrounding that day. Despite rejecting those requests, the Biden administration is still working with the committee to stop some documents from being handed over.

Currently, Trump is appealing to the Supreme Court in the attempt to block the National Archives and Records Administration from giving documents related to his time in office to the investigative committee. 

The White House counsel’s office noted the agreement to hold some Trump-era documents from the committee in a December 16 letter. That agreement shields those records that do not directly involve the events of January 6 but were still included in the committee’s wide-reaching request for records from the White House about the events of the day.

“The documents for which the Select Committee has agreed to withdraw or defer its request do not appear to bear on the White House’s preparations for or response to the events of January 6, or on efforts to overturn the election or otherwise obstruct he peaceful transfer of power,” wrote White House deputy counsel Jonathan Su in one letter to the committee. 

Spokesman for the committee Tim Mulvey responded to the request on behalf of the group, saying, “The committee has agreed to defer action certain records as part of the accommodations process, as was the case with an earlier tranche of records.”

He continued, “The Select Committee has not withdrawn its request for these records and will continue to engage with the executive branch to ensure the committee gets access to all the information relevant to our probe.” 

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