‘This President has no intention to lead an insurrection’: Jen Psaki insists she’s not concerned disclosing Trump’s White House documents could lead to Republicans releasing Biden records
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration wasn’t worried about turning over former President Donald Trump’s January 6 documents because of the ‘uniqueness’ of the situation.
‘I can assure you Ed, that this president has no intention to lead an insurrection on this nation’s capitol,’ she told CBS News’ Ed O’Keefe during Thursday’s briefing, after he asked if there were hears that the next Republican president could release Biden’s documents.
O’Keefe asked if there were any concerns that the Biden administration may be opening ‘Pandora’s box’ after the White House told the National Archives it wasn’t asserting executive privilege over Trump-era documents requested by the House select committee that is probing January 6.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki said the administration wasn’t worried about turning over former President Donald Trump’s January 6 documents because of the ‘uniqueness’ of the situation
‘Actually, we don’t see it that way,’ Psaki responded.
‘I think it is ultimately important for people to 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 insurrection on our nation’s capitol.’
‘What we’re talking about here is getting to the bottom of that. Shouldn’t everybody want to get to the bottom of that?’ Psaki asked. ‘Democrats, Republicans, people who have no political affiliation whatsoever,’ she went on.
Psaki added that the administration would be reviewing the documents, and any efforts to assert executive privilege would be looked at on a ‘case by case basis.’
‘But I think if you look back at past presidents, Democratic and Republican, there isn’t really a precedent for what we’re talking about with the select committee, and what they’re trying to get to the bottom of, and the uniqueness of that I think is important context,’ Psaki said.
President Joe Biden’s White House told the National Archives it wasn’t asserting executive privilege over Trump-era documents requested by the House select committee that is probing January 6
Earlier in the briefing, Psaki had brought up the Capitol attack as she previewed Biden’s speech Saturday at the 40th Annual National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service.
The National Fraternal Order of Police and the National Auxiliary are honoring 491 officers who lost their lives in the line of duty during 2019 and 2020.
‘It’s particularly poignant that this memorial is being held at the U.S. Capitol where nine months ago we saw the incredible bravery of the members of the U.S. Capitol Police, the Metropolitan Police and other law enforcement agencies who helped protect the Consitution,’ Psaki said. ‘And what the president called the citadal 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 last year and a half,’ the press secretary added.
Psaki also brought up the January 6 Capitol attack when mentioning that Biden would be speaking Saturday in front of the Capitol Building to honor the 491 police officers who lost their lives in the line of duty during 2019 and 2020.