When Jen Psaki was asked if Biden might regret not withholding documents from the 1/6 Committee, she reminded the United States that Biden is not going to overthrow the government.
Jen Psaki explains to the press that Biden will not hide 1/6 documents for Trump because “I can assure you that this president has no intention of leading an insurrection in the nation’s capital.” pic.twitter.com/H1RdTtA97r
– Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) October 14, 2021
Psaki was asked if Biden will regret not invoking executive privilege for Trump, and she replied:
I can assure you that the president does not intend to lead an insurrection in our nation’s capital.
We also talked about this last week. It is important for people to understand and remember that January 6 was an incredibly dark day. One of the darkest days of our democracy. It was an insurrection in our nation’s capital. What we’re talking about is getting to the bottom of it.
Shouldn’t everyone want to get to the bottom of it? Democrats, Republicans, are people without any political affiliation. I will reiterate that we will evaluate and review how the standard is in the process, documents and any effort to exercise executive privilege on a case-by-case basis. And we will provide you with updates on them as those processes progress.
And we will continue, when it comes to executive privilege, for other issues to assess that on a case-by-case basis, as every white house has done in the past. But I think if you look back at past presidents, Democrats and Republicans, there really isn’t a precedent for what we’re talking about with the select committee. And what are they trying to get to the bottom of. And the uniqueness of that, I think, is an important context.
Presidents who attempt to overthrow the government are not helped with executive privileges.
Psaki is right. The attempt to overthrow the government is a unique case. The problem is that the media is equating the 1/6 attack with normal politics. The question itself does not differentiate between a standard Congressional investigation and an insurrection.
Psaki is right. Our democracy is at stake, and Biden is putting our country ahead of the political executive branch.
Mr. Easley is the editor-in-chief. He is also a White House press group and a Congressional correspondent for PoliticusUSA. Jason has a BA in Political Science. His graduate work focused on public policy, specializing in social reform movements.
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