Joe Biden’s administration will work to avoid blocking requests for former President Donald Trump’s records in an investigation;
“The president has already concluded that it would not be appropriate to assert executive privilege,” said White House press secretary Jen Psaki. “
- Psaki said requests from the U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee investigating the Capitol attack would be reviewed with “an eye to not asserting executive privilege,” a legal principle that allows the president to shield some confidential information.
- An administration official later said questions of executive privilege would be evaluated on “a case-by-case basis, as Jen noted.”
- The House committee has subpoenaed four members of Trump’s administration, including Mark Meadows and Steve Bannon, the panel’s chairman said on Thursday.
- Trump said he would fight the subpoenas and records request using executive privilege and other grounds. A spokesman for the Republican ex-president said on Friday the committee has put forth an overly broad request for records that lacks legal precedent.
- “Executive privilege will be defended,” said Taylor Budowich, a spokesperson for Trump’s Save America political action committee.