New Court Filing Reveals Details of What Trump Seeks to Block From January 6 Probe
15:55 GMT 30.10.2021 (Updated: 13:25 GMT 06.08.2022)
© AP Photo / Jose Luis MaganaIn this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, people loyal to President Donald Trump rally at the U.S. Capitol in Washington.
© AP Photo / Jose Luis Magana
MOSCOW (Sputnik) - The National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) has released a new court filing that shed light on what records former US President US Donald Trump is seeking to block from the US House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot, Politico news outlet reported on Saturday.
To date, NARA has identified approximately 1,600 pages of responsive documents as relevant to the probe. Trump is seeking to prevent the investigators from accessing some 750 of them, citing executive privilege over them.
The records include pages from multiple binders containing proposed talking points for then-Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany related to the 2020 election, presidential activity calendars and a related handwritten note for 6 January, as well as a draft text of a presidential speech for 6 January, among others.
"These records all relate to the events on or about January 6, and may assist the Select Committee’s investigation into that day, including what was occurring at the White House immediately before, during and after the January 6 attack," the court filing read.
Earlier this month, the White House blocked Trump's request to withhold documents about the January 6 unrest at the Capitol complex. The decision authorizes the NARA to hand over documents requested by the US House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th attack.
18 October 2021, 20:44 GMT
Last week, Trump sued the House panel for its inquiry, describing it as illegal and claiming that its attempts to obtain White House records, of which the committee has made more than 50 separate requests, have no reasonable connection to the events of January 6. Moreover, if the panel is granted access to the records, such as documents, testimony from potential eyewitnesses and suspects, it would undermine the political system of the United States laying on the separation of powers.