Former President Donald Trump on Wednesday blasted the “leftist” Jan 6. House Select Committee following its sweeping records request which included call logs from Trump and several former members of his administration.
Trump said the committee has “further exposed itself as a partisan sham and waste of taxpayer dollars,” calling the request “timed” in order to distract Americans from “historic and global catastrophes brought on by the failures of Joe Biden and the Democrats.”
“Unfortunately, this partisan exercise is being performed at the expense of long-standing legal principles of privilege,” Trump said in an emailed statement.
“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. These Democrats only have one tired trick — political theater — and their latest request only reinforces that pathetic reality.”
It is unclear how Trump’s effort to use executive privilege would be conducted.
Among their requests, the Select Committee reiterated several sent in late March by multiple House committees including “all documents and communications relating in any way to remarks made by Donald Trump or any other persons on January 6,” the former president’s Twitter messages from that day, all video or photograph media taken inside the White House on Jan. 6, and all documents and communications from within the White House on Jan. 6 that related to that morning’s rally, the march to the Capitol, violence at the Capitol, Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence, and any aspect of Congress’s joint session where the counting of electoral votes took place.
The 12-page document listed several members of the Trump Administration connected to White House documents and communications from Jan. 6 that the committee is seeking, including but not limited to, Sarah Matthews, Hope Hicks, Mark Meadows, Stephan Miller, Peter Navarro, Kayleigh McEnany, Ivanka Trump, Eric Trump, Lara Trump, Donald Trump, Jr., Jared Kushner, Melania Trump, Kimberly Guilfoyle, Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, and Rudy Giuliani.
Documents and communications from within the White House pertaining to any member of Congress or congressional staff, the Department of Defense, the Department of Justice, the Department of Homeland Security, the Department of the Interior, or any element of the National Guard, have also been requested.
Among those listed in the request, the Select Committee has asked for “all call logs and telephone records identifying calls placed to or from the individuals identified,” all schedules for any of the individuals and all documents related to meetings on their schedules.
Wednesday’s broad request also asked for information on the 2020 Presidential Election, such as all communications or documents related to plans to contest the election results, and what Trump was told following the election on its outcome.
The nine-member panel, which held its first hearing around the Jan. 6 Capitol riot last month, asked for the records to be produced by Sept. 9, giving the departments approximately two weeks.
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