Former United States President Donald Trump filed a lawsuit against the House Select Committee in an effort to keep White House records a secret. The lawsuit, which alleges an “illegal, unfounded, and overbroad” request for White House documents, is based on executive privilege.
The House Select Committee has been created to investigate the events of January 6, when large crowds stormed the United States Capitol complex.
The lawsuit, which was filed in Washington DC District Court, challenging the decision of President Joe Biden, who decided to release the documents.
Trump claims in the lawsuit that the request “is almost limitless in scope,” and seeks records with no reasonable connection to that day.
According to reports from Associated Press, Trump said, “In a political ploy to accommodate his partisan allies, President Biden has refused to assert executive privilege over numerous clearly privileged documents requested by the Committee.”
In the federal lawsuit, Trump said the committee request was “almost limitless in scope,” and sought records with no reasonable connection to that day. He alleged the committee is seeking potentially millions of presidential records that he asserts are covered by a broad range of privileges, including those that cover presidential communications and conversations between lawyers and a client.
The lawsuit takes aim at the core oversight functions of Congress, saying the records being sought by lawmakers are not for “legitimate legislative purposes” and the committee does not have the powers of a law enforcement agency.
It seeks an injunction to bar the archivist from producing them. Biden has said he would not block the release to the committee, because the January 6 attack was such an unprecedented event that executive privilege should not factor in.
The January 6 committee is seeking the documents as part of its investigation into how a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building on January 6 in an effort to halt the certification of Biden’s win.