Biden will not assert executive privilege over Kushner: Spokesperson
A White House spokesperson says Biden has decided not to assert executive privilege over the testimony of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump over the Jan 6. investigation.
A White House spokesperson said Tuesday that US President Joe Biden will not declare executive privilege over Donald Trump's son-in-law Jared Kushner's testimony to the congressional committee investigating January 6, 2021, Capitol Storming, The Hill reported.
According to the newspaper, White House communications director, Kate Bedingfield, said Biden believes that the January 6 attack on the Capitol represents a unique threat to democracy, and that “the constitutional protection of executive privilege should not be used to shield from Congress or the public information about an attack on the Constitution itself.”
“The White House has decided not to assert executive privilege over the testimony of Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump,” Bedingfield added.
Kushner - a former senior advisor to Trump - is expected to appear voluntarily for a virtual deposition before the committee this week.
In addition, former US President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, who also served as an adviser, "has reportedly been in talks with the panel for a possible voluntary interview," mentioned The Hill.
It was also noted that Biden has refused to "assert executive privilege over Trump-era White House documents and visitor logs as well as testimony from other former Trump officials."
It is noteworthy, that Trump failed to use executive privilege as a former president in order to block the investigating committee from acquiring White House records.
On Monday, a federal judge ruled that Trump is "more likely than not" engaged in criminal conduct with his efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election.