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The White House said Friday President Joe Biden will not block a tranche of documents sought by a House committee’s investigation into the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.
Watch Psaki’s remarks in the player above.
The move sets up a showdown with former President Donald Trump, who has pledged to try to keep records from his time in the White House from being turned over to investigators.
In a letter to the Archivist of the United States, White House counsel Dana Remus writes that Biden has determined that invoking executive privilege “is not in the best interests of the United States.” This comes days after Trump lawyers sought to block the testimony of former Trump officials to the House committee citing executive privilege.
Speaking at the White House briefing, press secretary Jen Psaki underscored that this decision only applies to the first set of documents, saying the administration “will evaluate questions of privilege on a case by case basis.”
“But the president has also been clear that he believes it to be of the utmost importance for both Congress and the American people to have a complete understanding of the events of that day to prevent them from happening again,” Psaki added.
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In August, the House committee investigating the January insurrection at the Capitol asked for a trove of records, including communication within the White House under Trump and information about planning and funding for rallies held in Washington.
Among those events was a rally near the White House featuring remarks by Trump, who egged on a crowd of thousands before loyalists stormed the Capitol.
Psaki insisted there was no political motivation behind Biden’s decision.
“There’s nothing political about working to ensure that the events of Jan. six never happen again. It shouldn’t be a Democratic thing or Republican king, an independent thing, a political thing at all. This should be a shared goal,” she said.
“But this was a uniquely dark day in our democracy, a day that we need to get to the bottom of and that’s important context here as well,” Psaki added.
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