Biden White House waives executive privilege for initial set of Trump-era documents sought by Jan. 6 panel
[ Editor’s Note: I have been expecting, with fingers crossed, a break among the four Trump White team key people who were subpoenaed. Bannon was not on my potential cooperation list, but Meadows was, as I feel that he wants a life after Trump, which one cannot have if you go down with the ship.
Meadows has enough of a legal head on his shoulder to see what his is potentially looking at with a group conspiracy conviction. Kash Patel did not strike me as a Trump Koolaid drinker, and he will be wanting to have some future left when this is over.
Trump’s mention below for the committee assumes that all requests for Trump records to be automatically denied. Either someone was too afraid to brief Trump in, or he was too stupid to understand that since Biden is President, executive privilege is his call.
What Trump appears to be doing is to put on a tough face, imagining that he is really the President, as many of his followers are too stupid to realize he isn’t, and they get a buzz out of his flipping the political bird to the current president.
That is feeding into the Trump political tide turning, in that there are major signs in the business community that they are tired of Trump and the eternal chaos. McConnell has them riled with this game of showdown on the debt ceiling, which is rattling a lot of cages.
The business lobby of course cannot flip a switch on the Trumpers, but they can start funding ‘non Trump’ Republicans running for office.
There is a tipping point where the tide could turn, and I felt that shocking revelations during the Jan 6 committee and a few insiders flipping might change the dynamic… Jim W. Dean ]
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First published … October 08, 2021
President Joe Biden will not invoke executive privilege to shield an initial set of records from Donald Trump’s White House. His decision triggers a window of at least 30 days for Trump to challenge the determination in court before the National Archives releases them to the Jan. 6 panel
“After my consultations with the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice, President Biden has determined than an assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interests of the United States, and therefore is not justified as to any of the Documents,” wrote White House Counsel Dana Remus.
…The White House’s statement comes after the House select panel investigating the attack announced two close allies of former President Donald Trump — former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and former Pentagon aide Kash Patel — were “engaging with” it on their subpoenas, the panel’s top two lawmakers said Friday.
…“Though the Select Committee welcomes good-faith engagement with witnesses seeking to cooperate with our investigation, we will not allow any witness to defy a lawful subpoena or attempt to run out the clock, and we will swiftly consider advancing a criminal contempt of Congress referral,” Benny Thompson and Liz Cheney said.
Trump also indicated he wants to preemptively declare future requests by the panel as presumptively barred from release.
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I’ll be waiting to see how many redactions are in the WH documents, because so far, the accumulated powers of the executive branch are a source of lust for any who sit in the chair.
How eager would Cheney be if it was her father VP who was being scrutinized. She is the most glaring example of Oiligarchy. I have zero trust in her intentions. The best way to preserve power is be the prosecution. Ask Nadler.
As Trump was arrestable on Jan 7, and the executive branch could strip some of it’s own powers anytime it wants, I see the entire thing circling the wagons around, protection of the powers of the office, at the expense of powers of the people. The four will coordinate and test the water one drop at a time.
“The four will coordinate and test the water one drop at a time.” Amen. This how they will get their legal bills paid. They will be desperate to create a precedent that their behaviour was OK, so they can do it with impunity next time they have the opportunity. You can’t run an autocratic government and be subject to prosecution for what you do.
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