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National Archives poised to release more Trump documents to January 6 committee

<i>Sarah Silbiger for CNN</i><br/>Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Bennie Thompson on CNN Live from the Capitol: January 6th
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Rep. Liz Cheney and Rep. Bennie Thompson on CNN Live from the Capitol: January 6th

By Katelyn Polantz, CNN

The National Archives is poised to turn over yet another batch of documents to the House’s investigation into the January 6 insurrection, according to a new set of letters released by the agency on Wednesday.

The document release contains up to 23,000 emails and attachments and is the eighth collection for the Archives to process for the House select committee’s investigation. Former President Donald Trump, in a letter to the Archives in March, said he wanted to potentially claim executive privilege related to some of the documents in the collection.

But the Archives said on Wednesday they would not hold back records Trump wants to keep secret from the House investigators.

This set of documents — following of hundreds of others the House select committee has gathered in its investigation — will arrive as Capitol Hill prepares for the beginning of public hearings about Trump and January 6. The Biden administration has repeatedly supported releasing January 6-related records around the presidency so there is a “full accounting” of the insurrection, according to the White House counsel’s office — a potentially pivotal position for the investigation and for future administrations.

The Archives plans to turn over some of the records immediately. Others — many of the records in dispute — will go the House select committee on May 26, unless Trump gets a court to block the handoff, according to acting Archivist Debra Steidel Wall.

The Archives consulted with the Biden White House, which doesn’t want to keep the documents secret, according to a third letter released Wednesday.

The Archives also said that some of the records Trump is trying to protect won’t be given to the House, because they are “not responsive” to the committee’s request. Others in the tranche are still being reviewed by the White House.

Trump has not tried a court challenge over the Archives’ production of records to the House select committee since the Supreme Court dealt him a loss in a previous executive privilege challenge over his archival White House records.

He disclosed that the committee’s requests for documents may number into the millions.

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