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The Biden administration has decided that Trump’s White House visitor logs are not covered by executive privilege, and will turn them over to the January 6 committee.
The National Archives said it will turn over to Congress visitor logs from former President Donald Trump’s White House on March 3 unless a court intervenes.
David Ferriero, the archivist of the United States, sent a notice to Trump Wednesday that the records will be given to the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the U.S. Capitol following President Joe Biden’s rejection of his predecessor’s claims that the logs are subject to executive privilege.
Ferriero wrote that the House committee has agreed “to ensure that Executive Branch interests are adequately protected.” He states that includes treatment of the visitor-log entries “designated as national-security sensitive (NSS) or otherwise-highly sensitive (OHS) as confidential and to refrain from sharing or discussing such entries” outside of the committee.
Remus directed Ferriero to turn over the records within 15 days of providing notice to Trump.
I’m not sure that such a decision would have been made by the Obama Administration with regard to a similar investigation of George W. Bush, because the Obama Administration was extremely aggressive in its attempts to preserve executive branch prerogatives.
This is a welcome development in any case.