“I would say we take this matter incredibly seriously. The president already concluded that it would not be appropriate to exercise executive privileges, ”said Psaki. “That’s why we will answer these questions as soon as they arise. And certainly, since they are from Congress, and certainly we worked closely with congressional committees and others to get to the bottom of the January 6th events. “
According to the Washington Post, which first covered Biden’s thinking Thursday night, the White House has considered giving Congress information about what Trump and his staff did during the January 6 attacks. Trump said he would cite “executive privilege” to block the committee’s inquiries and seek protection from a legal theory that allowed previous presidents and their aides to avoid or delay oversight of Congress for decades.
But Biden was already tending to open the material for use on Thursday, given the weight of January 6 and its importance to American democracy, according to The Post.
The House of Representatives panel that is looking into whether the White House or Trump’s allies have attempted to delay the confirmation of the presidential election sent a letter to the National Archives on Aug. 25, listing all documents and communications within the White on Jan. 6 House requested that relate to the uprising. The National Archives have identified hundreds of pages of relevant documents that will be sent to Biden and Trump’s lawyers as required by law.
After the documents are served, the law gives Trump 30 days to approve or deny the release. Should Trump object, Biden can still release the material as his White House has the final say on the matter.
Kyle Cheney contributed to this report.