President Joe Biden's decision to halt the release of documents related to the Jan. 6 insurrection to an investigative committee challenging former president Donald Trump' stance on Monday.
Trump claimed in a federal lawsuit that the committee request was almost unlimited in scope and that it wanted records with no reasonable connection to that day. He claimed the committee is seeking potentially millions of presidential records, which he claims are protected by a wide range of privileges, including those that cover presidential communications and negotiations between lawyers and clients.
The suit states that the committee's request was a "vexatious, illegal fishing expedition," which was unprecedented in scope and "untethered from any legitimate legislative purpose."
The lawsuit attacks the congress's basic oversight functions, saying the records sought by lawmakers aren't for "legitimate legislative purposes" and that the committee doesn' t have the authority of a law enforcement agency. It seeks an injunction to prevent the archivist from producing them. Because the Jan. 6 attack was such an unprecedented event that executive privilege shouldn't be taken into consideration, Biden has said he won'' t block the committee's hearing.
The documents are being sought by lawmakers as part of a federal probe into how armed groups of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building on Jan. 6 in an attempt to halt the certification of Bidens victory.
The committee sought a wide range of executive branch papers related to intelligence gathering before the attack, security preparations during and beforethe siege, the pro-Trump rallies held that day, and Trumps false claims that he won the election, among other things.
Trumps lawsuit claims the unique requests included over fifty individual requests for documents and information, and more than thirty individuals, including those working inside and outside government, according to the lawsuit. According to the lawsuit, the request could include interviews with (or about) foreign leaders, attorney work product, and the most sensitive of national security secrets, as well as any and all privileged communications among a pool of potentially hundreds of people.
Jesse Binnall, an Alexandria, Virginia, attorney who represented Trump in an unsuccessful lawsuit late last year seeking to overturn Bidens Nevada victory, filed the lawsuit. Trump and his allies have for the past year made seemingly insubstantial claims about voter fraud in the 2020 election.