Biden, Trump fight over Jan. 6 protest entering new stage
US President Joe Biden is taking on former President Donald Trump for a second time in his attempt to block documents related to the Jan. 6 insurrection by his supporters at the Capitol Hill.
The billionaire businessman has been trying to withhold documents sought by lawmakers investigating the deadly storming of the Congress premises.
"President Biden has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interests of the United States, and therefore is not justified," Biden's counsel Dana Remus wrote in an Oct. 25 letter to the National Archives and Records Administration.
Criminal contempt is one of the three options the congressional panel can pursue to enforce its subpoenas, along with civil and inherent contempt.
Trump previously filed a federal lawsuit against the Jan. 6 select committee in an attempt to block the panel from obtaining his administration's records from the US National Archives, something that has to be addressed first, longtime Donald Trump ally Steve Bannon argued, before he could comply with the committee’s subpoena.
Biden ordered the archives to provide the latest documents 30 days after notifying Trump unless a court intervenes.
Since Jan. 6, Democrats have been arguing that the protest was an insurrection based on disinformation spread by the former president, who alleges that he is the true victor of the 2020 presidential election and not President Joe Biden.