Peter Doocy has been on fire lately, forcing President Joe Biden to go on the very public record once again to claim he had “zero” advance notice of the FBI’s shocking raid of former President Trump’s Mar-a-Lago residence, despite mounting evidence of the contrary, and cornering the White House into admitting the people who dutifully paid off their student debts “won’t get anything” out of the administration’s massive measure to forgive up to $10,000 in loans.
Biden fielded questions from the press Wednesday and Doocy didn’t miss the opportunity to grill the president on his involvement in the raid by the nation’s highest law enforcement agency on the man who is all but certain to present the greatest challenge to his ability to secure a second term in office.
“How much advance notice did you have of the FBI’s plan to search Mar-a-Lago?” Doocy asked plainly.
“I didn’t have any advance notice,” the president asserted. “None. Zero. Not one single bit.”
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It’s a pretty firm denial, given a recent report to the exact contrary.
As American Wire reported, Just the News founder John Solomon has uncovered a trove of correspondence that irrefutably shows Biden’s White House was “deeply involved” in the early days of the investigation into former President Trump.
“Just the News has obtained correspondence between various parties during the lead-up to the raid showing that the Biden White House, that’s right, Joe Biden’s White House, the one that said they had nothing to do with this, they were deeply involved in the early instigation of the criminal probe against President Trump including clearing the way for President Trump’s claim of executive privilege to be eviscerated,” Solomon stated.
John Solomon makes explosive claim about what the WH knew, and when they knew it regarding FBI raid https://t.co/3qxJGe0TDZ
— American Wire News (@americanwire_) August 23, 2022
“On April 11, 2022, the White House Counsel’s Office—affirming a request from the Department of Justice supported by an FBI letterhead memorandum–formally transmitted a request that NARA provide the FBI access to the 15 boxes for its review within seven days, with the possibility that the FBI might request copies of specific documents following its review of the boxes,” wrote acting National Archivist Debra Steidel Wall of the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to Trump’s lawyer, Evan Corcoran.
“The Counsel to the President has informed me that, in light of the particular circumstances presented here, President Biden defers to my determination, in consultation with the Assistant Attorney General for the Office of Legal Counsel, regarding whether or not I should uphold the former President’s purported ‘protective assertion of executive privilege’…” Wall reportedly wrote.
“I have therefore decided not to honor the former President’s ‘protective’ claim of privilege,” she stated.
Clearly, President Biden was well aware of the escalating situation and played a part in facilitating the raid, but before Doocy could press him further, Biden ran for the door.
And it isn’t the only subject Fox News’ White House correspondent raised that made the administration squirm.
Doocy pointed out to White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre that debt doesn’t magically disappear and asked her straight out who would be footing the bill for the president’s latest spending spree: a $300 billion student loan forgiveness plan that would cancel $10,000 of federal student loan debt for some borrowers with less than $125,000 in annual income. Pell Grant recipients could get as much as a $20,000 break off their bill, and the pause on student loan payments has been extended through the end of the year — well past the midterm elections.
“When you forgive debt, you’re not just disappearing debt, so who is paying for this?” Doocy asked Jean-Pierre.
Cue the tap-dancing.
The press secretary responded by explaining how much money “for the middle class” will be saved by spending billions.
“But somebody’s paying for it,” Doocy pressed. “Who?”
No direct answer to his perfectly reasonable question was given.
“When you think about the $4 billion that’s going to go back into, as revenue, back into this process as folks paying their college tuition, that matters as well,” Jean-Pierre said. “We’re doing this in a smart way. We’re doing this in a way that’s going to be effective.”
(Video: Fox News)
So Doocy cornered Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona in an interview that aired on Fox News’s “The Story with Martha MacCallum.” The Biden official had no choice but to admit that the administration’s plan would do nothing to benefit those who were responsible enough to pay off their student loans.
According to Cardona, the White House plan was to fix “a system that is broken.”
For those who would say the plan is unfair, Cardona stressed that “the aim of this is really to address the effects of the pandemic…to make sure that people are not coming out of the pandemic worse off than they were at the beginning.”
“But to the fairness question,” Doocy asked, “the people who are sitting at home having just paid off their student loans or having paid them off years ago, what’s in it for them?”
For them? Well, they may be drowning in their own bills, struggling to put food on the table as inflation soars, but under Biden’s plan, they can feel good about themselves.
(Video: Fox News)
“We should be proud that we’re able to help Americans that need help right now,” said Cardona, adding that the Biden administration had also come to the aid of small businesses during the pandemic.
“It’s about making sure we’re taking care of Americans and investing in our economy and in our people,” he said.
“Just the final one on this,” Doocy asked. “The people that already paid their student loans, they don’t get anything out of this deal?”
“Right,” Cardona confirmed.
“That’s right, OK,” said Doocy.
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