Justice Department Paves Way for Officials to Tattle on Trump About Jan. 6 Insurrection
The U.S. Department of Justice has made a decision to not extend executive privilege to its employees who will give testimony in hearings into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol, CNN reports.
A really important move by DOJ to start walking back the previous administration's overly broad executive privilege claims. Keep it coming. https://t.co/p3X6sieNxZ
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) July 27, 2021
The lack of executive privilege will allow some key witnesses—who include former President Donald Trump’s Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen—to testify about what they saw and heard in regard to Trump’s actions after the loss of the election in November and leading up to Jan. 6., especially with regard to his reported pressure on them to back his bogus theory on voter fraud.
Merrick Garland’s DOJ has advised Trump officials they can give “unrestricted testimony” in congressional Jan. 6 inquiries despite Trump’s view that executive privilege prevents any inquiry into how his administration conducted itself https://t.co/P1eL4KcjGT
— Joyce Alene (@JoyceWhiteVance) July 27, 2021
At that time, it was reported that Trump toyed with replacing Rosen with someone who might support his baseless fraud claims. The decision does not apply to other potential witnesses in other governmental departments. House hearings begin this morning.
The U.S. Department of Justice has made a decision to not extend executive privilege to its employees who will give testimony in hearings into the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol https://t.co/En2rKsbJvm
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) July 27, 2021
The DOJ just released a formal opinion that former employees have ZERO restrictions in their testimony to the #January6thCommission.
No Executive Privilege.
— Grant Stern is fully vaccinated (@grantstern) July 27, 2021
The Justice Department has notified former officials that it "would not be appropriate to assert executive privilege with respect to communications with former President Trump and his advisers and staff" related to the January 6 insurrection. https://t.co/Qkbo0PUJJa
— NPR Politics (@nprpolitics) July 27, 2021