The request, Remus said, came amid “unique and extraordinary circumstances.”
“Congress is reviewing an attack on our Constitution and democratic institutions inspired and appreciated by those sworn to protect them, and the conduct under investigation extends beyond typical considerations about proper fulfillment of the President’s Constitutional responsibilities, ”Remus wrote.
“The constitutional protections of executive privilege should not be used to shield, from Congress or the public, information that reflects a clear and unequivocal effort to overthrow the Constitution itself,” he added.
“We understand that the former President believes that executive privilege should be asserted with respect to a subset of the Documents. When you notify us of such an assertion, we will respond accordingly.”
On Friday, former President Trump wrote his own letter to the National Archives, insisting that nearly 40 of the documents initially requested by the committee were subject to executive privilege, a statement that President Biden seems to disagree with.
“I formally asserted executive privilege over these records,” Trump wrote, noting that the committee requested “a wide range of documents and records, which could number into the millions” that he believes contain information either protected by executive privilege or otherwise, such as attorney-client privilege.
“If the committee continues to seek other privileged information, I will take all necessary and appropriate steps to defend the Office of the Presidency,” Trump argued.