‘This president doesn’t intend to lead an insurrection’: Jen Psaki insists she’s not worried that disclosure of Trump’s White House documents could lead to Republicans releasing Biden records
- Jen Psaki said the government was not concerned about handing over ex-President Donald Trump’s 1/6 documents because of the ‘uniqueness’ of the situation
- “I can assure you Ed, this president has no intention of leading an insurrection in this nation’s capital,” she told CBS News’ Ed O’Keefe.
- He had asked if there were fears that the White House would open a ‘Pandora’s box’ and that the next GOP president could release Biden’s documents
- The White House told the National Archives it was not claiming executive privilege over Trump-era documents requested by the House 1/6 committee
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration was not concerned about handing over former President Donald Trump’s Jan. 6 documents because of the “uniqueness” of the situation.
“I can assure you, Ed, that this president has no intention of leading an insurrection in this nation’s capital,” she told CBS News’ Ed O’Keefe during Thursday’s briefing, after asking if there were fears. was that the next Republican president could be released. Biden’s documents.
O’Keefe asked if there was any concern that the Biden administration would open “Pandora’s box” after the White House told the National Archives it was not claiming executive privilege over Trump-era documents requested by the United States’ selection committee. House investigating in January 6.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration was not concerned about handing over former President Donald Trump’s Jan. 6 documents because of the “uniqueness” of the situation
“Actually, we don’t see it that way,” Psaki responded.
“I think ultimately it’s important that people understand and remember that January 6 was an incredibly dark day, one of the darkest days in our democracy,” the press secretary continued. “There was an uprising in our nation’s capital.”
“What we’re talking about here is getting to the bottom of that. Wouldn’t everyone want to get to the bottom of that?’ asked Psaki. “Democrats, Republicans, people who have no political affiliation,” she continued.
Psaki added that the administration would review the documents and that any efforts to assert the executive’s powers would be considered on a case-by-case basis.
“But I think if you look back at past presidents, Democratic and Republican, there’s not really a precedent for what we’re talking about with the selected committee, and what they’re trying to figure out, and the uniqueness of that I think is an important one.” context,” said Psaki.
President Joe Biden’s White House told the National Archives it was not claiming executive privilege over Trump-era documents requested by the House select committee investigating Jan. 6.
Earlier in the briefing, Psaki had brought up the Capitol attack when she previewed Biden’s speech Saturday at the National Peace Officers’ 40th Annual Memorial Service.
The National Fraternal Order of The police and the National Relief Organization honor 491 officers who lost their lives on the job in 2019 and 2020.
“It is especially moving that this memorial is being held at the US Capitol, where nine months ago we witnessed the incredible courage of the members of the US Capitol Police, the Metropolitan Police and other law enforcement agencies who have helped protect the Constitution” said Psaki. “And what the president called the citadel of our democracy on one of the darkest days in our modern history.”
“We also recognize the important role law enforcement has played on the front lines of the pandemic and the spike in gun crime over the past year and a half,” the press secretary added.
Psaki also brought up the January 6 attack on the Capitol when he said Biden would speak before the Capitol on Saturday to honor the 491 police officers who lost their lives while on duty in 2019 and 2020.