Biden rejects Trump’s executive privilege claim, orders release of ALL WH visitor logs to 1/6 panel

BREAKING: Biden rejects Trump’s executive privilege claim and orders the release of ALL White House visitor logs to the January 6 committee

  • Joe Biden rejected Trump’s executive privilege claim to stop the National Archives from releasing White House visitor logs to the January 6 panel
  • Is the former president’s second attempt to block the release of documents from the Archives to the panel
  • Unclear if Trump will take this case the federal court like he did the last
  • Court ordered the Archives last month to hand over to the panel a batch of documents and materials from Trump’s administration

Joe Biden is rejecting another executive privilege claim by Donald Trump as he tries to invoke the right in order to withhold the White House visitor logs from the House select committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot.

In a letter sent to the National Archives on Tuesday, which was obtained by The New York Times, Biden’s White House Counsel Dana Remus told the archivist of the U.S. David Ferriero the agency should provide the material to the panel within 15 days.

Former President Trump is attempting to invoke executive privilege to keep the panel form obtaining the logs, just as he did with other White House documents that were turned over to the committee earlier this month.

The White House plans to inform Trump Wednesday morning of the rejection for his executive privilege claim, according to the Times.

Trump could try to block or slow the release of the logs like he did with other White House documents and materials.

Donald Trump gestures during a rally outside the White House on January 6, 2021

President Joe Biden rejected Donald Trump’s executive privilege claim attempting to stop the National Archives from releasing White House visitor logs to the panel investigating the January 6 attack

Remus requested the logs be turned over in 15 days ‘in light of the urgency’ of the committee’s probe and insisted ‘Congress has a compelling need’ for the National Archives to disclose the documents.

‘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,’ Remus wrote to the Archives.

She added that the records should include ‘visitor logs showing appointment information for individuals who were processed to enter the White House complex, including on Jan. 6, 2021.’

Last year, Biden opposed Trump’s executive privilege claim over White House documents and records the committee was seeking to obtain.

Trump went to federal court to block the release, but lost his bid.

The Archives turned over records to the panel in January 2022 and another 15 boxes retrieved from his Mar-a-Lago residence were turned over to the panel earlier this month.

Law requires presidents preserve records related to administration activity, but the National Archives has limited enforcement over this.

One Archives official said that the Presidential Records Act operates through more of a ‘gentlemen’s agreement.’