Donald Trump is getting so desperate to hide his role in the Capitol insurrection that he again requested executive privilege from the White House, only to have President Joe Biden again deny his request.
Trump continues to wrongly insist that executive privilege applies to former presidents as the White House prepares to hand over records requested by the House 1/6 Committee that could incriminate him by revealing his full role in the failed violent attempt to overthrow democracy.
But Biden, whom Trump has frequently attacked and belittled for years now, has again denied the request via a letter to the National Archives written by White House general counsel Dana Remus.
“President Biden has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interests of the United States,” Remus wrote. “Accordingly, President Biden does not uphold the former president’s assertion of privilege.”
Remus went on to repeat her words from an earlier letter in which she noted Trump’s refusal to transfer power and his incitement of insurrection that threaten to end democracy and shred the Constitution.
“These are unique and extraordinary circumstances,” Remus wrote. “An unprecedented effort to obstruct the peaceful transfer of power, threatening not only the safety of Congress and others present at the Capitol, but also the principles of democracy enshrined in our history and our Constitution. The documents shed light on events within the White House on or about Jan. 6 and bear on the select committee’s need to understand the facts underlying the most serious attack on the operations of the federal government since the Civil War.”
These documents will shine a light on Trump’s involvement with the insurrection. And as organizers come forward to shed more light on which Republican lawmakers were directly involved in the January 6th attack, it is becoming more and more clear that this conspiracy is bigger than previously known and could be even worse. It should also be pointed out that the committee could seek communications records from these Republicans to find out if they communicated with Trump or members of his staff to coordinate the coup.
Once this conspiratorial web is unraveled, Trump and his accomplices should face prosecution and prison for crimes committed against the United States.
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