Joe Biden Reminds Trump He’s a Has-Been Who Lost the Election

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    Joe Biden Reminds Trump He’s a Has-Been Who Lost the Election

    Cue Trump screaming in a pitch only dogs can hear. 

    During the four anni horribiles that Donald Trump was in office, he and his lawyers regularly tried to hide behind the office of the presidency when it came to legal issues. Sued for defamation by a writer whose rape accusations he claimed were a lie while insulting her looks to boot? According to then attorney general William Barr, Trump was acting in his official capacity as POTUS at the time, and therefore should be defended by the Justice Department. Suspected of committing fraud relating to hush-money payments to a porn star and Playboy model? In that case, his personal attorneys made the bold claim that it was unconstitutional for presidents to be investigated for any crimes whatsoever while in office, including shooting a person on Fifth Avenue.

    Now, of course, Trump is not president. Yet he still seems to believe the powers and the privileges of being president should apply to him, an assumption that the actual president has now, on two separate occasions, been forced to explain is about as laughable as the idea of Ivanka Trump being qualified to run the World Bank.

    Per CNN:

    President Joe Biden has once again refused to assert executive privilege over more documents that former President Donald Trump has sought to keep out of the hands of the committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. According to a letter obtained by CNN, White House counsel Dana Remus informed National Archivist David Ferriero on Monday that Biden would not assert privilege over additional materials that Trump requested remain secret as a matter of executive privilege. “President Biden has considered the former President’s assertion, and I have engaged in consultations with the Office of Legal Counsel at the Department of Justice,” Remus wrote. “President Biden has determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not in the best interests of the United States, and therefore is not justified, as to the documents provided to the White House on September 16, 2021, and September 23, 2021. Accordingly, President Biden does not uphold the former President’s assertion of privilege.”

    As part of the House select committee’s sweeping investigation, the panel has sent requests for information to a number of federal agencies. The committee has specifically asked for “all documents and communications within the White House” on January 6, including call logs, schedules and meetings with top officials and outside advisers, including Rudy Giuliani.

    After the White House refused to keep secret the initial batch of documents requested by the House committee, press secretary Jen Psaki explained that Biden had “determined that an assertion of executive privilege is not warranted for the first set of documents from the Trump White House that have been provided to us by the National Archives,” adding that the West Wing would “evaluate questions of privilege on a case-by-case basis, but the president has also been clear that he believes it to be of the utmost importance for both Congress and the American people to have a complete understanding of the events of that day to prevent them from happening again.”

    For his part, Trump responded to Biden’s decision to allow Congress to find out exactly what he was up to on January 6 by suing Congress and the National Archives and claiming, via his lawyer, that Biden’s actions were all about “accommodat[ing] his partisan allies,” as opposed to believing in the importance of thorough investigation into one of the most shameful days in American history.

    Published at Tue, 26 Oct 2021 20:26:08 +0000

    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2021/10/donald-trump-joe-biden-january-6-executive-privilege

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