The White House has ordered presidential record keepers to release a trove of Trump-era documents to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, arguing unique circumstances compel their disclosure.

White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen PsakiBiden intends to sign short-term bill raising debt ceiling Trump advising 4 former aides to ignore subpoenas from Jan. 6 panel: report White House calls debt ceiling compromise ‘positive step forward’ MORE said Friday the administration would back the committee’s sweeping efforts. 

“As a part of this process, the president has determined an assertion of executive privilege is not warranted for the first set of documents from the Trump White House that have been provided to us by the National Archives,” Psaki said.


“This is just the first set of documents, and we will evaluate claims of privilege on a case by case basis, but the president has also been clear 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.” 

Her comments confirm earlier reporting from NBC News, which obtained a letter from White House counsel Dana RemusDana RemusBiden looks to expand legal assistance for minorities, low-income Americans Biden set to flex clemency powers Overnight Energy: Republicans request documents on Kerry’s security clearance process| EPA official directs agency to ramp up enforcement in overburdened communities | Meet Flint prosecutor Kym Worthy MORE to the National Archives.

President BidenJoe BidenArkansas lawmakers advance bill prohibiting businesses from demanding workers’ vaccine status Senate approves short-term debt ceiling increase On The Money — Presented by NRHC — Senate slowly walks back from debt disaster MORE has determined that 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,” Remus wrote, according to the outlet.

“These are unique and extraordinary circumstances,” Remus added. “Congress is examining an assault on our Constitution and democratic institutions provoked and fanned by those sworn to protect them, and the conduct under investigation extends far beyond typical deliberations concerning the proper discharge of the President’s constitutional responsibilities. The constitutional protections of executive privilege should not be used to shield, from Congress or the public, information that reflects a clear and apparent effort to subvert the Constitution itself.”

Psaki emphasized on Friday that the tranche of documents released to the committee is only the first and that White House would evaluate further requests on a case-by-case basis. 


She also declined to offer specific details on the documents themselves, saying only that they are Trump-era White House records responsive to the Jan. 6 select committee’s request to the National Archives. 

The Sept. 25 request from the committee asks for documents and communications from within the White House “relating in any way” to former first lady Melania TrumpMelania TrumpEx-Trump aide sues Grisham over abuse allegations ‘Melania Trump made the Easter bunny strip’ when she didn’t like his outfit, book says Grisham: Time in Trump administration ‘will follow me forever’ MORE; three of the former president’s children, Ivanka, Eric and Donald Trump Jr.; son-in-law Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerDirector of Fox News decision desk, who called Arizona for Biden, will return in 2022, 2024: report Grisham: Time in Trump administration ‘will follow me forever’ Grisham: Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump saw themselves as ‘shadow president and first lady’ MORE; as well as any member of Congress or Hill staffers.

The letter also asks for the National Archives to turn over communications with all of President TrumpDonald Trump Trump urges GOP senators to vote against McConnell debt deal On The Money — Presented by NRHC — Senate slowly walks back from debt disaster Administration confirms it will restore national monuments to pre-Trump boundaries MORE’s top aides, including former chief of staff Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsTrump advising 4 former aides to ignore subpoenas from Jan. 6 panel: report Jan. 6 committee issues latest round of subpoenas for rally organizers Five takeaways: Report details Trump’s election pressure campaign MORE, White House counsel Pat Cipollone, national security adviser Robert O’Brien, Hope HicksHope HicksGrisham calls Kushner ‘Rasputin in a slim-fitting suit’ The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – US prepares vaccine booster plan House panel probing Jan. 6 attack seeks Trump records MORE, Stephen MillerStephen MillerFar-left bullies resort to harassing, shaming Kyrsten Sinema — it won’t work Grisham calls Kushner ‘Rasputin in a slim-fitting suit’ The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Alibaba – To vote or not? Pelosi faces infrastructure decision MORE and Kayleigh McEnany.

The Jan. 6 panel is also seeking White House communications with other key names in Trump’s orbit, including Roger StoneRoger Jason StoneBannon says he discussed how to ‘kill this administration in the crib’ with Trump before Jan. 6 Roger Stone served with Capitol riot lawsuit during radio interview Lawyer for 17 Jan. 6 defendants says he’s been released from hospital MORE, Steve BannonStephen (Steve) Kevin BannonJan. 6 committee issues latest round of subpoenas for rally organizers The Hill’s Morning Report – Presented by Facebook – Senate nears surprise deal on short-term debt ceiling hike House Jan. 6 panel can’t find Trump aide to serve him subpoena MORE, Michael Flynn, Trump’s onetime attorney Rudy GiulianiRudy GiulianiFive takeaways: Report details Trump’s election pressure campaign Report details DOJ officials’s resistance to Trump push to probe election Group asks DC court panel to investigate DOJ official who peddled false Trump election claims MORE and My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell. 

The decision from the White House could tee up yet another executive privilege battle with Trump, who has already threatened to sue in order to block four former aides who have been subpoenaed by the committee — a group that includes Bannon and Meadows.  


Psaki hinted two weeks ago the White House may make such a determination, telling reporters, Biden “has already concluded that it would not be appropriate to assert executive privilege and so we will respond promptly to these questions as they arise and certainly as they come up from Congress.”

On Friday, Psaki wouldn’t directly answer whether Trump reached out and asked that specific documents not be released to the committee. 

In other cases, the National Archives has not released some documents sought by lawmakers, including for a report from the Senate Judiciary Committee released Thursday that examines Trump’s pressure campaign on the Justice Department.

In that case, the National Archives has not turned over documents relating to communications between White House and Justice Department officials between Nov. 3 and Jan. 20. The committee requested these documents in May.

“NARA has not responded to date, and has represented to the Committee that the delay in transitioning electronic Trump records from the White House to NARA may prevent the Committee from obtaining a response for several more months,” the report states. 

A representative for the National Archives said it has received the request and would respond to it in accordance with rules governing presidential records but did not offer further information on the delay or a time frame. 

Brett Samuels contributed. Updated at 3:47 p.m.

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