Joe Biden has decided not to assert executive privilege over the testimony of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. White House Communications Director Kate Bedingfield said that President Biden was not inclined to shield the public from “an attack on the Constitution itself.” Bedingfield did not comment beyond this statement:
‘[T]he constitutional protection of executive privilege should not be used to shield from Congress or the public information about an attack on the Constitution itself. The White House has decided not to assert executive privilege over the testimony of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump.’
Thus far, it seems that Kushner is coming into the hearing without the need for a subpoena. His wife Ivanka appears to be on her way to the January 6 Committee, too. However, her attorneys are still negotiating the terms.
During the attempted coup, the then-president’s son-in-law was flying back from Saudi Arabia. While there, he was involved in Persian Gulf negotiations. However, he did not come back to the White House. ABC News Chief Washington Correspondent Jonathan Karl wrote in his tell-all book at Google, Betrayal: The Final Act of the Trump Show, that Kushner did not go back to the White House, because he was not in a mood to “fight” with his father-in-law.
Donald Trump tried to exert executive privilege over aspects of the Select Committee hearing and took that concept through the courts, all the way to the Supreme Court. He lost. However, it was clear that right belonged to the sitting president not the previous president. President Biden refrained from using his executive privilege powers over Trump administration members, related documents, and visitor logs.
The National Archives were supposed to hold the White House records for the Trump administration and related to the investigation. However, at least 15 boxes of records, some top secret, made their way down to Mar-a-Lago, where the National archivists retrieved them. It appears that seven hours of the Trump phone records were missing from the Archives, too.
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