Donald Trump, former President of the United States, leaves Trump Tower in Manhattan on May 18, 2021. James Devaney/GC Images
Donald Trump filed a lawsuit to stop the Jan.6 committee from accessing certain White House files.
A court filing has revealed the documents that the former president wants to withhold.
A former GOP congressman stated that the files were "surely embarrassing" and "probably indicting."
Donald Trump, the former President, tried to stop the House Committee investigating the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2017.
A new court filing was filed by the National Archives and Records Administration on Friday. It explains in detail the types of documents that he wants to keep from the committee.
Between August and October, the committee received three broad records requests from several federal agencies as well as former White House officials.
The former president claimed executive privilege over 750 pages of the 1,600 pages requested. The White House of President Biden stated that it would not deny the privilege claims.
Donald Trump filed a lawsuit on October 18 against NARA and the House committee to stop the subpoenas.
According to the latest court filing, among the documents in the National Archive that the former president would like to keep confidential are his daily presidential diaries, activity logs and call logs related to January 6.
He also claimed executive privilege over the files of several former White House officials, including handwritten notes from Chief of Staff Mark Meadows as well as files of Stephen Miller, a former advisor.
Trump tried to stop the committee's receipt of 629 pages in the binders belonging to Kayleigh McEnany, former White House Press Secretary.
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany flicks through her binder of topic headings during the daily press briefing held at the White House in Washington on July 16, 2020. Jonathan Ernst/Reuters
McEnany's binders contained mostly suggested talking points for briefings and some statements related to allegations of electoral fraud.
Trump also wants to withhold the draft text of his speech at the Save America March on Jan 6th and a draft proclamation honoring deceased Capitol Police officers Brian Sicknick & Howard Liebengood.
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Executive privilege may be granted to certain communications by the president, but President Biden stated that it was outweighed in this instance by Congress's need for information and public interest.
A bipartisan group comprising 66 former members, 33 Republicans and 33 Democrats, filed a legal brief Thursday night requesting that the courts dismiss Trump's lawsuit against them and investigate his involvement in the riot.
Carlos Curbelo, a former Florida Rep., said that Donald Trump claimed executive privilege because he didn't want people knowing the truth. "Whatever is in those documents, it is certainly embarrassing and likely indicting."
Curbelo, a MSNBC political analyst, said that Trump was reluctantly giving over the documents as he "probably thinks it will be harder for him to race in 2024."
The January 6th committee filed a legal brief against Trump's attempts to block them from receiving the files.
They stated that it was unlikely that he would prevail on merits because of the ex-president's executive privilege claims.
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