The National Archives revealed in a court filing that former President Donald Trump is trying to prevent investigators into the Jan. 6 Capitol riots from accessing phone call records, presidential daily diaries, draft election speeches, handwritten notes of top aides and other documents.
The former commander-in-chief wants to prevent the National Archives from transferring these records — and thousands more — to a Democratic-led House committee to investigate the violent attack by Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol in retaliation for his loss of the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden.
Politico, citing a federal court filing on Saturday, I first mentioned that among the records are hundreds of pages From “Multiple volumes of the former press secretary [Kayleigh McEnany] Which consists almost entirely of talking points and data related to the 2020 elections.”
Among the documents Trump is trying to block are also 30 pages of “daily presidential diaries, schedules, and appointment information showing White House visitors, activity logs, call logs, and change-lists in the switchboard that display calls to the president and vice president, all customized or include January 6, 2021” 13 pages of “Draft Speeches, Notes, and Correspondences Relating to the Events of January 6, 2021”; And “three handwritten notes relating to the January 6 events from the files of Meadows (former White House chief of staff Mark),” Billy Luster, director of the White House Communications Division at the National Archives, wrote in the file.
Other documents in question included a handwritten note from Meadows’ files that “lists potential or scheduled briefings and phone calls relating to the January 6 testimony and other election issues” and a “draft executive order on the topic of election integrity.”
Two weeks ago, Trump filed a federal lawsuit in D.C. District Court to try to stop the release of his presidential records — arguing that they should remain private — and start a long-running battle over the concept of executive privilege.
Saturday’s filing is part of the National Archives and Records Administration’s opposition to Trump’s lawsuit.
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