More information has emerged regarding the boxes of documents taken by the FBI from the Trump residence in Florida and the history of the documents included in those boxes.
Several discovered correspondences between Trump’s attorneys and members of the Biden administration indicate that the federal government attempted to amend the rules regarding Trump’s executive privilege over the discovered materials.
Just The News reported:
The documents reveal that White House Deputy Counsel Jonathan Su had contacts with the FBI, DOJ, and National Archives as early as April, just after 15 boxes of classified and other records were voluntarily returned from Trump’s Florida residence.
By May, Su conveyed to the National Archives that President Joe Biden would not object to the renunciation of his predecessor’s claims to executive privilege. This decision paved the way for DOJ to obtain a grand jury subpoena compelling Trump to turn over any remaining materials from his time in office.
In a letter to Trump’s legal team dated May 10, acting National Archivist Debra Steidel Wall acknowledged the White House’s participation in the DOJ investigation into Trump.
Wall stated, “On April 11, 2022, the White House Counsel’s Office — affirming a request from the Department of Justice supported by an FBI letterhead memorandum — formally transmitted a request that NARA provide the FBI access to the 15 boxes for its review within seven days, with the possibility that the FBI might request copies of specific documents following its review of the boxes.”
The letter continued:
President Biden defers to my judgement, in consultation with the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, about whether or not I should support the alleged “protective assertion of executive privilege” by the former president.
Therefore, I have decided not to honor the previous president’s “protected” privilege claim.
These documents seen by Just The News are the most compelling proof of the Biden White House’s involvement in the DOJ investigation, despite the fact that the White House previously claimed to have “no advance knowledge” of the recent FBI raid at Mar-a-Lago.
More on this story via The Republic Brief:
Wall’s letter to Trump’s attorneys also claimed the former president had items marked as “classified national security information” in the set of 15 boxes Trump’s team returned to the National Archives in February.
After the National Archives reviewed those documents, they told the DOJ about the potentially classified material, which prompted the DOJ to ask Biden to request the National Archives turn over access to the documents to the FBI, Wall’s letter explained.
The intention of the White House’s waiving of executive privilege was crucial to the investigation. CONTINUE READING…