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Protesters storm the Capitol and halt a joint session of the 117th Congress on Jan. 6. Photo: Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images

More than 60 former lawmakers have signed on to a legal brief asking a federal judge to dismiss former President Trump's attempts to shield Jan. 6 investigators from probing his White House records, Politico reports.

Driving the news: The brief, signed by 66 lawmakers, including 24 Republicans and 42 Democrats, argues that Trump "played an outsized — and likely central — role in orchestrating the events that gave rise to the January 6th attack."

  • The brief also argues that Congress' need for documents to investigate the Capitol riot surpasses any potential argument in favor of executive privilege by Trump, per Politico.

The big picture: The brief comes after Trump has filed lawsuits against the National Archives, seeking to block the group from releasing White House records.

  • Trump asserts that his records from the White House are protected by executive privilege, but President Biden has repeatedly rejected Trump's executive privilege claims.
  • The brief was filed under Protect Democracy, a nonprofit government watchdog that argues that Congress needs to fully understand what happened on Jan. 6 to write an apt legislative response, per Politico.

What they're saying: "Its power to do so here is not reduced — and is likely elevated — where the targets of the investigation include a former President and sitting Members of Congress," according to the brief, which entered the D.C. federal district court docket on Friday.

  • "Under these circumstances, no personal interests of Donald Trump or disputed and unresolved questions of executive privilege could possibly tilt the scales against disclosing these records to the Select Committee."

Go deeper: Trump sues National Archives, Jan. 6 committee to block records request

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Jan. 6 committee will vote on holding former DOJ official in contempt

Former acting Assistant U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Clark in Oct. 2020. Photo: Yuri Gripas-Pool/Getty Images

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot announced that it will hold a vote on Wednesday to recommend Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official, be held in criminal contempt of Congress for defying a subpoena.

Why it matters: If the panel votes in favor and the resolution is approved by the full House, Clark would be the second person held in criminal contempt for refusing to provide information for the Jan. 6 investigation.

Schiff: Jan. 6 panel could decide this week whether to hold Meadows in contempt

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot will likely decide this week whether to hold former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows in contempt for failing to appear before the panel, Rep. Adam Schiff told CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

Catch up quick: Meadows is believed to have insight into former President Trump's role in efforts to stop the certification of President Biden's election win.

Biden administration makes first move on data privacy

Illustration: Sarah Grillo/Axios

The Biden administration is launching its first big effort on privacy policy by looking at how data privacy issues affect civil rights.

Why it matters: An administration perspective on privacy policy could be key in developing a long-awaited national privacy law by putting the White House stamp on how to regulate privacy.