Former President Donald Trump is suing both the Nation Archives and the partisan House select committee that is “investigating” the riot that occurred at the U.S. Capitol on January 6th.
Newsmax reports that Trump filed the lawsuit on Monday at the district court in Washington D.C. Trump, with the lawsuit, is looking to stop the committee from obtaining records from his presidency that the committee has requested.
For months now, Trump has tried to keep the documents from the House committee by claiming executive privilege. President Joe Biden and his administration, however, have not allowed this.
Recently, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki revealed:
The president is dedicated to ensuring that something like that could never happen again, which is why the administration is cooperating with ongoing investigations, including the January 6 select committee to bring to light what happened. As a part of this process, the president has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not warranted for the first set of documents from the Trump White House that have been provided to us by the National Archives.
Psaki added that the Biden administration will make a determination as to whether Trump could claim executive privilege with regard to other documents on a “case by case basis.”
The National Archives, which is where the requested documents are located, has informed Trump’s lawyers that it plans to comply with the Biden administration by turning the documents over to the House committee.
It is amid this backdrop that Trump filed the lawsuit on Monday.
Overall, Trump is going to be looking for the court to support his executive privilege claim with regard to the documents. But, for now, until the case can be heard in full, Trump is asking for the court to grant an injunction, which would temporarily stop the Biden administration and the National Archives from handing over the requested documents.
According to Fox News, Trump, in the injunction request, argues that the committee has “no legislative purpose.” And, in the lawsuit, he argues that as a former president he has “inherent Constitutional Rights of Privilege.”
In addition to filing the lawsuit, Trump released a statement on the matter.
This statement, in part, reads:
Today, President Donald J. Trump filed a lawsuit in defense of the Constitution, the Office of the President, and the future of our nation, all of which the sham Unselect Committee is trying to destroy. The fact is America is under assault by [House Speaker Nancy] Pelosi’s [D-CA] Communist-style attempt to silence and destroy America First patriots through this hyper-partisan and illegitimate investigation.
Trump went on to refer to the House committee as a “partisan sham” that the Democrats are using to distract the country from the Biden administration’s policies, which Trump says are “killing and robbing Americans.”