Late last week, House Democratic investigators were informed by the White House that it no longer has custody of Donald Trump’s Capitol attack documents.
Lawmakers requested the documents in hopes that they would shed light on the inner workings of Trump’s top aides in the days leading up to the attack on the Capitol back on January 6.
“It has been the longstanding practice for all White House records to be transferred to the custody of the National Archives and Records Administration at the end of each President’s tenure,” White House counsel Dana Remus wrote in a letter.
This letter was sent to House Oversight Committee Chairwoman Carolyn Maloney, a New York Democrat, and CNN reported it originally after obtaining a copy of the letter.
“As a result, NARA is the appropriate entity to address your request, and should have any records responsive to your request; we do not have custody of such records at the White House,” Remus wrote.
On March 25, House Democratic committee chairs sent out letters requesting documents and communications from before, during, and after the attack on the Capitol, from several entities, including the White House, federal agencies, local law enforcement, and the House and Senate sergeants-at-arms.
Those requests did include the National Archives.
The request for the document shows that Democrats are ramping up their investigation into the events that led up to the deadly riot that resulted in five deaths, dozens of injured police officers, and shook our country to its core.
CNN reports that Democrats’ requests to the White House were for both communications and documents from any Trump administration employees that were in relation to the riot.
Up until this point little is known about the roles that Trump aides played.
Donald Trump spent days leading up to the January 6 riot urging his supporters to come to Washington to “stop the steal.”
He held a rally on the very day the lawmakers, including then-Vice President Mike Pence would be confirming Electoral College votes in favor of now-President Joe Biden.
Trump held a “Stop the Steal” rally not far from the Capitol and continued o tell his followers that the election had been stolen from them and that he wanted them to march to the Capitol and stop the Electoral College votes from being certified.
He pushed the “big lie” of voter fraud and incited the crowd to do whatever it took to stop the proceedings.
Trump was impeached by the House for a second time for inciting the riot, but the Republican-controlled Senate refused to indict him.
Trump now faces two lawsuits from Democratic lawmakers over the riot and this week two Capitol Police officers, who were injured protecting the Capitol, filed a lawsuit against Trump as well.