As Democrats continue to “investigate” the events that led to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, President Joe Biden made headlines after announcing he will waive executive privilege with regard to a number of documents requested that were related to the event — documents that the Trump administration deemed were protected under the rule.
According to the Washington Examiner, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki made the announcement to reporters on Friday.
“The president has determined an assertion of executive privilege isn’t warranted for the first set of documents from the Trump White House that have been provided to us by the National Archives,” Psaki said, referencing documents requested by the Jan. 6 investigatory commission.
It should be noted that the request was only for the first trove of documents, with Psaki adding that additional Jan. 6 document requests will be evaluated on a “case-by-case basis.”
In a letter to the National Archives, the body responsible for distributing the document requests, Dana Remus, a White House attorney, argued that “these are unique and extraordinary circumstances.”
“Congress is examining an assault on our constitution and democratic institutions provoked and fanned by those sworn to protect them,” Remus added. “The insurrection that took place on Jan. 6, and the extraordinary events surrounding it, must be subject to a full accounting to ensure nothing similar ever happens again.”
Biden waiving executive privilege on the document request triggered a direct response from the former president himself, who accused Democrats of being “drunk on power,” and not genuinely interested in investigating Jan. 6, but more interested in going after Trump and his administration.
“This Committee’s fake investigation is not about January 6th any more than the Russia Hoax was about Russia,” a statement from Trump read. “Instead, this is about using the power of the government to silence ‘Trump’ and our Make America Great Again movement, the greatest such achievement of all time.”
Many believe that Democrats are only clinging to the Jan. 6 fiasco as a last resort to have something to campaign on in the 2022 midterms, as they’re otherwise expected to lose in grand fashion to Republican candidates across the country.