Donald Trump excitedly released a statement after news sources revealed that the Jan. 6 committee investigating his instigation of an attempted coup had agreed to drop requests for some requested records. A White House review determined that some documents did not contain relevant information about the events of Jan. 6.
False. The @January6thCmte hasn’t dropped requests for any necessary records. In fact, we’re actively litigating to obtain White House records Trump is trying to conceal. We will not allow him to hide the truth about January 6th, or his conduct, from the American people. pic.twitter.com/q2YBqVlyXq
— Rep. Liz Cheney (@RepLizCheney) December 30, 2021
In a complete misrepresentation of these facts, Trump wrote in his statement that:
‘The Unselect Committee of Radical Left Democrats, and two failed Republicans, has just dropped a large portion of their request for my records and documents – a very big story even though the New York Times refused to put it on the front page. The reason that they dropped the records request is that they don’t want this horror show to happen to Biden and Hunter in three years. This also changes the entire complexion of their request, not that there are any documents that would be incriminating or a problem for me – but the Witch Hunt continues!’
Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) was quick to correct Trump, saying they have dropped absolutely no requests for relevant documents and that the committee is currently involved in litigation to unseal documents that Trump has actively tried to hide. After all, no one restricts the testimony or evidence that will exonerate them.
The truth of the matter can also be seen in a letter to the committee by White House deputy counsel Jonathan Su, who wrote that:
‘The documents for which the Select Committee has agreed to withdraw or defer its request do not appear to bear on the White House’s preparations for or response to the events of January 6, or on efforts to overturn the election or otherwise obstruct the peaceful transfer of power.’
It’s highly doubtful that President Joe Biden or his son, Hunter, who has become a favorite target of Trump’s despite his complete lack of involvement in politics or the public arena, will be investigated for inciting a coup attempt in three years, but it’s highly probable that the documents Trump so wants to keep hidden will reveal that the committee is right to continue seeking every avenue available to complete their investigation.
Twitter responses proved mostly supportive of Cheney and the committee. Read some of their responses below.