Donald Trump's Bid to Block Jan. 6 Documents Not in 'Best Interests' of U.S.

President Joe Biden believes that it is "not in the best interests" of the U.S. to allow former President Donald Trump to assert executive privilege over documents relating to January 6.

In a letter seen by CNN and NBC News, White House counsel Dana Remus told National Archivist David Ferriero on Monday that Biden would not block the House Select Committee investigating the events of January 6 from accessing documents Trump has said are privileged.

The former president is suing to prevent the committee from obtaining an initial tranche of documents, arguing that the committee has no investigative power and that its subpoenas are therefore invalid.

In her letter, Remus wrote: "President Biden has considered the former President's assertion, and I have engaged in consultations with the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice."

"President Biden has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interests of the United States, and therefore is not justified, as to the documents provided to the White House on September 16, 2021, and September 23, 2021," she went on.

"Accordingly, President Biden does not uphold the former President's assertion of privilege," Remus wrote.

Remus reportedly quoted from an earlier letter to Ferriero on October 8 where she described the "extraordinary events" of January 6.

The White House counsel also informed Ferriero in her Monday letter that Biden has instructed the National Archives to hand over documents to the committee 30 days after Trump is notified "absent any intervening court order."

This is the second time Biden has declined to uphold Trump's claims of executive privilege over documents the House Select Committee has requested. On October 8, Remus wrote to Ferriero informing him that Biden would not assert privilege over an initial batch of documents or a subset that Trump believed to be protected by privilege.

The House Select Committee requested documents from the National Archives in March and August that they say relate to the Trump administration's actions before, during and after the Capitol riot on January 6. The former president informed the Archives that he was asserting executive privilege following those requests.

Remus wrote on October 8 that the documents "shed light on events within the White House on and about January 6 and bear on the Select Committee's need to understand the facts underlying the most serious attack on the operations of the Federal Government since the Civil War."

The National Archives will begin handing over documents to the House Select Committee on November 12 barring an order from the courts. It remains to be seen if Trump's lawsuit will be successful.

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Former U.S. President Donald Trump prepares to speak during the Rally To Protect Our Elections conference on July 24, 2021 in Phoenix, Arizona. Trump is suing to prevent the release of documents to the House Select Committee investigating the events of January 6. Brandon Bell/Getty Images