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Trump says ‘executive privilege will be defended’ to stop 6 January committee seizing his phone records

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Donald Trump has raged against the 6 January Select Committee’s request that federal agencies hand over the phone records of members of his family and other close associates from the days leading up to the Capitol Insurrection.

Among those targeted by the requests are the former president himself, Mike Pence, Mr Trump’s former personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani, and family members including his daughter, Ivanka.

In an angry statement issued via his “Save America” fundraising organisation, the sometime president raged at “The Leftist ‘select committee’,” which he claimed “has further exposed itself as a partisan sham and waste of taxpayer dollars with a request that’s timed to distract Americans from historic and global catastrophes brought on by the failures of Joe Biden and the Democrats.”

Mr Trump also claimed that the committee’s request is violating “executive privilege”, which he has repeatedly cited in efforts to block Congress and law enforcement from questioning former staff and Trump family members.

“Unfortunately, this partisan exercise is being performed at the expense of long-standing legal principles of privilege. Executive privilege will be defended, not just on behalf of my Administration and the Patriots who worked beside me, but on behalf of the Office of the President of the United States and the future of our Nation. These Democrats only have one tired trick – political theater – and their latest request only reinforces that pathetic reality.”

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