Attack on the Capitol: why Donald Trump blocks the publication of certain documents

On January 6, thousands of Donald Trump supporters stormed the seat of Parliament in an attempt to block Joe Biden’s victory. The Republican is now stepping up maneuvers to hinder the parliamentary inquiry seeking to determine his responsibility on this day.

What role did Donald Trump play on January 6 in the assault on Capitol Hill ? This week was already shaping up to be decisive for the parliamentary inquiry. But it was without counting on the maneuvers of the former American president to prevent this procedure in charge of raising the gray areas on the events of the day.

On January 6, thousands of Republican supporters stormed the seat of the US Parliament in an attempt to block Joe Biden’s electoral victory . Earlier, the billionaire gave a speech to the crowd a few hundred yards away, arguing, without merit, that the 2020 presidential election had been stolen from him.

Parliamentary investigators are now seeking testimony from officials who could discuss what the president knew about the assault before it unfolded, and what he did when the event occurred . But Donald Trump has asked his key associates, from his chief of staff Mark Meadows to his political strategy adviser Steve Bannon, to ignore the subpoenas to appear before the commission of inquiry.

Trump invokes presidential power

And Monday, the Republican further reinforced his obstruction of the investigation by taking legal action. Objective: to block the disclosure of White House documents relating to the assault by his supporters on the Capitol. For this, the billionaire invoked the right of the executive to keep certain information secret to prevent former collaborators from providing evidence to Congress. 

Former President Donald Trump on Monday sought to block the release of documents related to the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection to a House committee investigating the attack, challenging President Joe Biden’s initial decision to waive executive privilege.
In a federal lawsuit, Trump said the committee’s August request was “almost limitless in scope,” and sought many records that weren’t connected to the siege. He called it a “vexatious, illegal fishing expedition” that was “untethered from any legitimate legislative purpose,” according to the papers filed in federal court in the District of Columbia.
Trump’s lawsuit was expected, as he had said he would challenge the investigation and at least one ally, Steve Bannon, has defied a subpoena. But the legal challenge went beyond the initial 125 pages of records that Biden recently cleared for release to the committee. The suit, which names the committee as well as the National Archives, seeks to invalidate the entirety of the congressional request, calling it overly broad, unduly burdensome and a challenge to separation of powers. It requests a court injunction to bar the archivist from producing the documents.
In a joint statement late Monday, Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the panel’s vice chairwoman, said they would fight the lawsuit, which they said is “nothing more than an attempt to delay and obstruct” the investigation.
“There’s a long history of the White House accommodating congressional investigative requests when the public interest outweighs other concerns,” Thompson and Cheney said. “It’s hard to imagine a more compelling public interest than trying to get answers about an attack on our democracy and an attempt to overturn the results of an election.”
The Biden administration, in clearing the documents for release, said the violent siege of the Capitol more than nine months ago was such an extraordinary circumstance that it merited waiving the privilege that usually protects White House communications.
Trump’s lawsuit came the evening before the panel is scheduled to vote to recommend that Bannon be held in criminal contempt of Congress for his defiance of the committee’s demands for documents and testimony. In a resolution released Monday, the committee asserts that the former Trump aide and podcast host has no legal standing to rebuff the committee, even as Trump’s lawyer has asked him not to disclose information. Bannon was a private citizen when he spoke to Trump ahead of the attack, the committee said, and Trump has not asserted any such executive privilege claims to the panel itself.
The resolution lists many ways in which Bannon was involved in the leadup to the insurrection, including reports that he encouraged Trump to focus on Jan. 6, the day Congress certified the presidential vote, and his comments on Jan. 5 that “all hell is going to break loose” the next day.
“Mr. Bannon appears to have played a multi-faceted role in the events of January 6th, and the American people are entitled to hear his first-hand testimony regarding his actions,” the committee wrote.
Once the committee votes on the Bannon contempt resolution, it will go to the full House for a vote and then on to the Justice Department, which would decide whether to prosecute.

 

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