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Should Trump be allowed to assert executive privilege with regard to subpoenas for Jan 6 Capitol riots?

Steve Bannon is not following a subpoena request, citing executive privilege. Trump says that executive privilege allows him to refuse to have his documents released.

I would love to see Trump get tried and convicted, but it seems to be a tricky issue. Apparently, ex-presidents are allowed to keep their records from being released, but Biden is saying that the threat to democracy caused by the riots is sufficient grounds for overriding executive privilege.

From a strictly legal perspective, releasing the records would set a dangerous precedent for overriding existing laws. Without specific conditions specified in the law, there is no justification for making up exceptions on the fly.

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