Biden tries to use executive privilege to hide evidence

 May 19, 2024

President Joe Biden and the White House are attempting to use the executive privilege doctrine to hide evidence that could potentially be damning for Biden.

Fox News reports, "The White House asserted executive privilege over audio and video recordings related to Special Counsel Robert Hur's interviews with President Biden."

Hur, you may remember, is the special counsel who was tasked with investigating alleged classified documents violations by Biden. Hur found that Biden was guilty of the charges, but he declined to prosecute because, in his view, Biden is "a sympathetic, well-meaning, elderly man with a poor memory."

Congress has been attempting to get its hands on audio and video recordings that Hur made of his interviews with Biden. But, the White House has refused to hand them over, and, now, it is trying to hide behind executive privilege.

"The president has asserted executive privilege"

Associate Attorney General Carlos Uriarte wrote a letter to Congress on Thursday indicating that Biden has asserted executive privilege over the recordings.

"I write to inform you that the President has asserted executive privilege over the requested audio recordings and is making a protective assertion of privilege over any remaining materials responsive to the subpoenas that have not already been produced," Uriarte wrote.

He continued, "It is the longstanding position of the executive branch held by administrations of both parties that an official who asserts the President’s claim of executive privilege cannot be prosecuted for criminal contempt of Congress."

Here, Uriarte is referring to the fact that the House is trying to hold U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland in contempt of Congress for not handing over the recordings. So, it would appear that the executive privilege claim is designed to try to get Garland out of a tight spot.

The big question, of course, is whether it will work.

What are they trying to hide?

Many believe that the reason why the White House is so desperately trying to keep these recordings from getting out is because they will provide further evidence that Biden is mentally compromised - and, this, of course, would be more bad news for Biden's reelection chances.

The White House has not provided any other plausible reason for trying to hide the recordings.

Legal experts have doubts about whether Biden's executive privilege claim will hold up.

One expert, John Malcolm, explained to Fox News:

Executive privilege is designed to respect constitutional separation of powers and to enable a president to engage in candid conversations with his top advisers in order to form judgments and reach decisions. [It] is not designed to hide information that may prove to be embarrassing to a president or some other government official or operation.

It appears that there will be a legal challenge to Biden's executive privilege claim, and, if what these experts say is true, then we may, one day, get to hear these recordings. Important, though, is whether this day will come before or after the election.

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