WASHINGTON – Former President Donald Trump’s attempt to cover up his activities from a congressional committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, which he instigated, requires Joe Biden’s cooperation, claiming he is not a legitimate president – and that cooperation will not come.
“The president has already decided that it would not be appropriate to claim executive privileges,” White House Press Secretary Jane Sackie said Friday.
After the House Select Committee announced the issuance of subpeners to four former Trump associates, Trump announced in a statement on Thursday night: “We will fight subpeners on executive privileges and other grounds for the good of our country.”
But Trump is no longer president, and, legal experts agree, he can no longer claim that privilege.
“There is a reason why it is called executive privilege: because it belongs to the executive branch. The last time I checked, Joe Biden was in charge of that branch, not Donald Trump, ”said Barack Eisen, who works as an ethics lawyer at the White House, and recently served on the House Committee overseeing Trump’s first impeachment.
In fact, Trump should request that Biden যা whom Trump insults and insults on an almost daily basis বল tell the House Committee that communication between Trump and his former staff was out of bounds.
Trump’s office did not respond to a Halfpost question about whether he had made any such request, but Saki said Friday that he was not aware of one. “We don’t get regular publicity from the former president or his party,” he said.
More importantly, though, he added that Biden was not interested in going with such a request even if it came. “We take this issue incredibly seriously,” he said. “We are working closely with the Congressional Committee and others as they work to reach the end of what happened in January, which is an incredibly dark day for our democracy.”
Trump, a former White House lawyer, said the long-term policy that presidents should be able to get open advice from their advisers as soon as the opposition wins would be bad for the presidency.
“Executive privilege either applies or it does not apply. If President Trump consults with his advisers about the January incident, those contacts are privileged, ”said a former aide to Trump, who is no longer involved in Trump’s defense, on condition of anonymity. “It would be a dangerous precedent if the Biden party decides to ignore this privilege for political purposes.”
Legal experts, however, said it would be more dangerous to allow a president to try and plan to overthrow a legitimate election in order to stay in power.
Lawrence Tribe, a professor of constitutional law at Harvard, said the “interesting interest of both Congress and the judiciary in investigating coup attempts, failed coups and criminal violations of federal electoral law would be enough to surpass even an applicable demand for executive privileges.”
The committee has issued subpenas for former “chief strategist” Steve Bannon, former Defense Department official Kashyap Patel, Trump’s social media assistant Dan Scavino and possibly most importantly, Trump’s last chief of staff, Mark Meadows.
Meadow often pushes Trump’s lies that the election was “rigged” and “stolen” from him, and was instrumental in Trump’s efforts to force Georgia election officials to find “enough votes against Biden’s victory” there. The incident is under criminal investigation by Georgian prosecutors.
Legal experts agree that Trump will almost certainly sue the House Committee for obstructing the release of records but will almost certainly lose.
Eisen noted that Richard Nixon tried to keep the recordings of the White House conversation secret but lost the case in the U.S. Supreme Court. And former federal prosecutor Glenn Kirschner said those looking for the record could also argue that some illegal conspiracies – such as overthrowing democracy – should not be protected by executive privileges.
“The exception to the crime-fraud would be to reject executive privilege claims, or Trump,” Kirschner said.
In his statement, which included a 122-word opening sentence, Trump reiterated his frequent attacks against facing numerous investigations while in office. “The non-election committee of highly biased politicians, a similar group that sent proven lies to Russia, Russia, Russia, Ukraine, Ukraine, Ukraine, the Impeachment Hawks # 1, the Impeachment Hawks # 2 and many other scandals. “He wrote.
In fact, each of the investigations was based on Trump’s actual behavior. Trump accepted Russia’s help in winning the 2011 election, even though he knew it was Russia’s help. He tried to persuade the Ukrainian leader to bid for his 2020 re-election, which is the basis for his first impeachment by the House. And he tried to overthrow American democracy in order to retain power after losing that re-election, which. January ended in a Capitol attack, which was the basis for his record second impeachment. Senate Republicans refused to convict Trump.
Trump has spent weeks with the legitimacy of his lost Nov. election, lies in the early hours of November to start his lie that he really won a “landslide” and that his victory is being “stolen” from him. In a handful of states, this lie continues through a long-failed failed case challenging the outcome.
Trump and some of his advisers have even discussed enforcing insurgency laws or declaring martial law to retain power, including ordering the confiscation of voting machines and a “re-vote” in a state narrowly won by Biden.
But military leaders had previously made it clear they would not involve themselves in the political process, so after the Electoral College finally voted on December 14, formalizing Biden’s victory, Biden returned to a last-ditch scheme to pressure his own vice president instead of Trump. Several states canceled the ballots of millions of voters and declared Trump the winner.
Trump told his followers to come to Washington that day and then told thousands of people who attended his rally near the White House to march to the Capitol to do what Trump wanted to intimidate Pence.
Crowds of his supporters tried to jump into the building. They even chanted the slogan “Hang Mike Pence” after refusing to accept Trump’s demand to cancel the election.
One police officer died after being assaulted during the mutiny, and four more officers took their own lives the next day and week. One of the rioters was fatally shot as he climbed into an anteroom with a broken window that still had members coming out of the house, and three more in the crowd died.
Although the House indicted Trump for inciting the attack, all but seven Senate Republicans, led by their leader, Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, decided not to convict him – allowing Trump to continue his political career.
Trump and his allies are now engaged in a campaign to portray the murdered rioters, the real Babbitt martyrs and hundreds of others who have been arrested as victims of political persecution.
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